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Panasonic Lumix S3
Ilse Jurriën : January 11th 2011 - 14:25 CET
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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix DMC-S3 digital camera : Panasonic introduces the new Lumix DMC-S3 to the simple, smart and stylish S-series. The Panasonic Lumix S3 is totally new, not only in the design, but also in the concept, exclusively developed for users with little experience with photography and looking for their first digital camera. Pursuing the ultimate ease of operation, only essential functions are equipped in the Panasonic Lumix DMC S3, but the compact camera still performs to the high standards expected from a Lumix. Fitted with dedicated lens periphery according to the colour in front, the distinct round-form design of the Panasonic DMC-S3 fits nicely into the palm of the hand.

Panasonic Lumix S3

Panasonic Lumix S3 camera features
Featuring MEGA O.I.S., as in other step-up Lumix models, assures high correction performance against blur caused by a hand-shake without deterioration of image quality. In addition to the MEGA O.I.S. the popular and powerful shooting assist mode iA (Intelligent Auto) also helps users to comprehend other convenient features. Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene Modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation. While the Intelligent ISO control prevents moving subject to be blurred by optimizing the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity setting, to render sharp, clear images whatever the shooting situation is.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 face detection function
Human faces are captured in focus and appropriate exposure with the Face Detection and it also corrects unwanted red-eye digitally. The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by just activating iA mode. Using these features make the Panasonic DMC-S3 digital camera the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

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Panasonic DMC-S3 camera lens
For the eye of the camera, the 14.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 packages a newly developed 28mm wide-angle Lumix DC VARIO lens with 4x optical zoom into a compact body. Comprising 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit features exceptional optical performance within a stylish and compact body.

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Panasonic camera with wide angle lens
The Panasonic Lumix S3 28mm wide angle lens captures wider angle of view compared with the 35mm lens which is normally incorporated in the cameras of this class and its versatility is convenient for shooting group portrait, subjects indoor or dynamic landscapes. For distant subjects, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 8.4x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the centre part of the high resolution CCD to bring them even closer.

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Panasonic Lumix S3 image processor
The newly incorporated high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI in the Panasonic Lumix S3 enables beautiful image recording with higher quality signal processing and thanks to the multi-task image-processing the Venus Engine VI supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.007 seconds and with such quick response times the Panasonic S3 camera makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) that lets you lock on the subject. The Venus Engine VI also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the Panasonic DMC S3 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.

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Panasonic S3 video recording
In addition, the new and stylish Panasonic Lumix DMC S3 compact camera can record stunning HD movies in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps and thanks to the integrated Lumix Image Uploader you can instantly share your images via Facebook or video to YouTube (movie) with any PC on the spot. All you have to do is checkmark the photos you want to share and connect the camera to a PC. Uploading starts just by following the simply instructions, allowing you to add comments and notify your friends via e-mail consequently. Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube for movies.

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LCD screen of the Panasonic Lumix S3 camera
The easy to use Panasonic Lumix S3 features 2.7-inch large Intelligent LCD which automatically adjusts the screen brightness as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. A variety of scene modes, such as ‘Baby’ or ‘Pet’, set most appropriate parameter in wide-ranging situations. With thanks to a 70MB built-in memory plus a lithium-ion battery, which is strong against repeated recharges, you never have to miss a photo opportunity.

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Panasonic Lumix S3 digital camera software
The latest version of PHOTO fun STUDIO comes bundled with the Panasonic Lumix S3. PHOTO fun STUDIO 6.0 helps to sort and organise thousands of photos and movies with more ease, with quick start-up and fast read-in allowing quick access to the image you want. For the portraits, the Face Recognition function that recognises the faces in the picture stored in your PC to sort the photos by faces. A Panorama Stitch lets you make a panoramic composite in MOV file by synthesising photos taken in Panorama Assist mode of the camera. It is also possible to make a slideshow with the selected photos adding music file on.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 camera design
Fitted with dedicated lens periphery according to the colour in front, the distinct round-form design of the Panasonic DMC-S3 camera fits nicely into the palm of the hand. It is a compact and lightweight “power stone” and thanks to the simple and smart features you can feel confident to leave it to the camera to get beautiful photos, high quality movies and have some fun at the same time.

Panasonic Lumix S3 review

Panasonic Lumix S3 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix S3 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Panasonic Lumix S3 review.
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