Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Review

Overall 45
Imaging 9
Features 36
Size 89
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3.5″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 108 x 58 x 24 mm
  • Weight: 193 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-3D1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Nov 07, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #158 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #406 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.5″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 23
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 has the following external dimensions 108 x 108 x 24 mm (42.52 x 22.83 x 9.45″) with the weight of 193 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 24mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 — 200 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 — 24 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 — 193 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 are its fps max speed and 1/1300 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-3D1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-3D1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and Motion JPEG formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-3D1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 provides a shooting life of 200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-3D1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (108 x 58 x 24 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 can be called a 30 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1300s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (23)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (200 shots)
  • Small size (108 x 58 x 24 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 35. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (193 g)
  • Small size (108 x 58 x 24 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 can be called a 20 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-3D1
Announced Nov 07, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.5″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1300 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 193 g
Physical Dimensions 108 x 58 x 24 mm
Battery Life 200 shots
Battery Type 200 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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