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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the sensor and shutter. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good views. There are some mixed reviews about the screen. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the shutter, while there are mixed views on the storage and memory.

usability, portability, performance, price, image quality

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

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Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 review

 

This soap-shaped camera looks smarter than its £102 price tag might suggest. Build quality isn't as substantial as we'd like though, with the plastic front panel flexing a little under pressure.

Its construction feels a little flimsy but otherwise this is a dependable camera at a very reasonable price.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Luke Carey (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Panasonic LUMIX S3 review

 

See what we think of the Panasonic LUMIX S3 in our What Digital Camera review

Stylish design, easy to use

Noise is an issue at higher ISOs

Nov, 2011

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Panasonic DMC S3

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC S3 is an excellent value for money pocket camera. It is very hard to beat when compared alongside its direct rivals. Picture quality and features have an edge over many of its competitors while the rapid response times are also...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC S3 is an excellent value for money pocket camera. It is very hard to beat when compared alongside its direct rivals. Picture quality and features have an edge over many of its competitors while the rapid response times are also...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Claire Gillo (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

 

Panasonic Lumix S3 : A small compact with large-resolution sensor

The budget price of the Panasonic DMC-S3 is easily its best feature; however, image quality has been compromised and in low light the noise is a big problem

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Digital Camera Review

 

Daniel Bell reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3, a stylish compact aimed at those new to photography.

Easy to use; Excellent colour reproduction; Great macro pictures; Excellent auto white-balance

Other cameras with more features at this price

Apr, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 is a capable compact camera with a high-quality LCD, rechargeable battery, and a wide-angle 4x zoom lens. It doesn't produce the sharpest images in its class, but, overall, it leads the pack in the under-$150 cameras we've...

Strong image quality. Large LCD. Optical image stabilization. Wide-angle 4x zoom lens.

No mode select dial. Cannot zoom when recording video. Smear effect appears in HD video.

Performance and Conclusions The S3 scored well on speed tests. It can boot and take a photo in about 1.9 seconds, delays about 1.8 seconds between shots, and experiences 0.4 second of shutter lag. This compares favorably with the Canon PowerShot A800...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Preview

 

Panasonic has rolled out an all new line of "Smart" and intuitive compact digicams, with the all new S-series of Lumix digital cameras. The flagship of this new series is the DMC-S3, which is a tiny 14-megapixel digital camera that is packed with easy...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Alexandra Savvides (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

 

Lightweight and compact ; Decent image quality for the price ; Simple, intuitive controls ; Best-in-class shooting performance

HD video quality is average ; A few too many megapixels for its own good ; Looks cheap, feels cheap

Keep your photo quality expectations in check and you'll enjoy using the Lumix S3, even if it does look like it could have been moulded out of Play-Doh.

Apr, 2011

Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Review

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 is the first model in a new range of simple, stylish and smart digital compact cameras aimed at beginners. The 14.1 megapixel Panasonic S3 features a 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer,...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 is a perfectly competent digital camera for beginners that won't break the bank, with the added bonuses of a stylish design, responsive operation and 720p movies. Sure, it doesn't have too many bells and whistles, but that...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

Best of the cheapest cameras

 

Very few $100 digital cameras earn any recommendations at all from expert testers, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 wins PCMag.com's cheap-camera comparison and impresses critics at PhotographyBlog.com, CNET (U.K.) and elsewhere. It boasts the...

Small and very light, easy to use, good image quality overall, wide-angle, 4x zoom lens, optical image stabilizer to reduce shake

Feels cheap to some testers, mixed reviews for HD video quality, noisy low-light images, no optical zoom while shooting video

Nov, 2011

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