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Panasonic DMC-XS3EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (14.1MP, 5x Optical Zoom, 24mm Ultra Wide-Angle LUMIX Lens)

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  • F2.8 24mm Ultra Wide-Angle LUMIX Lens with 5x Optical Zoom Slim, Compact Body Profile with Sophisticated Flat Design
  • F2.8 24mm Ultra Wide-Angle LUMIX Lens with 5x Optical Zoom
  • Slim, Compact Body Profile with Sophisticated Flat Design
  • 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video Recording in Practical MP4 Format
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
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  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.9 x 5.4 cm ; 91 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DMC-XS3EB-K
  • Date first available at 18 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,755 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic XS3

An ultra-slim camera with stunning image quality and superb performance. The inclusion of the 14.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor with its light-speed auto focus raises the picture performance above others in its class. The XS3 combines still picture creativity with Full HD video and wraps it up in a stylishly slim package.

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14.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

The high demands of today's digital cameras have led to the introduction of ultra-fast MOS sensors. Panasonic's 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor supports Full HD video, high-speed burst shooting and improved sensitivity delivering excellent picture quality, even in low light.

Mega Optical Image Stabilisation for Blur Free Pictures

Image stabilisation is essential when taking high zoom pictures without the use of a tripod. Optical stabilisation is the best method as it counteracts the blur that normally occurs by hand holding the camera but does not degrade the image. With Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. pictures are sharp and blur free even when the shooting conditions are tricky.

Fastest Auto Focus - "Light-speed" AF

Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.

Powerful 5x Optical Zoom Lens

For a camera so slim it seems incredible that a 5x optical zoom lens can be included. But Panasonic's expertise in lens manufacturing means they have cleverly engineered the lens array to provide a 5 times magnification that takes you in close to your subject just when you need it.

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When you need extra width in your shot, the 24mm wide angle lens delivers view larger
24mm (Equivalent) Wide-angle Lens

The advantage of a wide angle lens, such as the 24mm equivalent included in this camera, is that you can get more subjects in the shot. That's great for indoor use where you may want to photograph a group of friends or for outdoor shots where you want to shoot an amazing landscape or sunset. Either way, you will find the wide angle option adds to your creativity.

4.7 Frames Per Second High Speed Burst Shooting

High-speed burst shooting with full resolution, up to 4.7 frames per second with AF Tracking is available enabling you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined.

2.7 Inch (6.7cm) LCD with High Angle and Auto Brightness Mode

A 2.7 inch LCD is offered that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions. It also has a "high angle" mode that enables you to still see the image when holding the camera up high.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode

The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person's face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.

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Creative Panorama Shooting Mode with Filter Effects

The Ultra-wide shooting panorama mode not only allows you to capture vast landscapes in one complete picture, but in a Panasonic first, this camera also offers "Creative Panorama" mode which allows you to choose from a number of filter effects that can be applied to your shot.

Creative Filter Control for Recording

To add an interesting new look to your photos any one of 13 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Dynamic Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Photo, Impressive Art, One-point Colour, Cross Process and Soft Focus.

Creative Re-touch for Playback

Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Sepia, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.

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Multiple Scene Setting Auto Shooting Modes

Up to 16 pre-programmed scene modes are offered, giving you the choice of a wide range of shooting scenarios. Just select the one that best describes the scene you are taking, and the camera makes the best settings automatically.

Separate Video Recording Button

Recording motion videos can be started with a press of an independent record button, which conveniently enables you to switch between photo and video shooting instantly.

MP4 Full HD Video Recording Mode for High Compatibility

Also offered in video mode is MP4 (H.264) format recording. High Definition video including 1920x1080 can be shot at 25 Progressive frames per second. MP4 format is compatible with many video editing software packages, but is also compatible with iTunes for playback on Smartphone or tablet devices.

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USB Charging Function

A USB AC adaptor is included in the box. This convenient accessory enables you to charge the battery inside the camera from any mains power outlet. It is compact and easy to carry around with you giving you a wide number of options to charge up the battery. Alternatively, you can use the supplied USB cable to charge the camera from a USB port on a computer, for example.

200MB Built-in Memory

Approximately 200MB of built-in flash memory is included which is enough space to capture about 50 photos, very handy if your memory card runs out of space at a crucial moment.

Micro SD and Micro SDHC Card Recording

Panasonic's ultra slim cameras also utilise ultra-compact memory card recording to Micro SD and Micro SDHC cards. This means that despite their compact size, recording capacities of up to 32GB is available.

Box Contains

Battery Pack
AC adaptor
USB Cable
Hand Strap

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

First thing that hits you is just how small the camera really's tiny I mean really small
Just over 9 cm long, 5.5 cm tall with a sllm body under 2cm (approx sizes)

The camera is quite nice looking with the two tone effect quite stylish really and smart.
In terms of specficitaion it's par for the course with budget models pretty straight forward and bare bones.
My quick fire list of good and bad

+ Super compact size, and very light you want a really small compact you've found it
+ Useful 24 - 120mm (full frame equivalent range) nice to have a good wide 24mm setting
+ Simple easy to use point and shoot operation (no manual modes here) though you do have exposure bracketing and exposure compensation
+ Takes full HD video 1920 x 1080 pixels 25p (mono sound) quality was "ok" for a compact in this price range
+ Autofocus and metering were quite good acceptable speeds, good hit ratio (use the AF assist in low light though) Metering was quite predictable and consistent didn't need much adjustment bar very contrasty scenes
+ 5cm macro is "ok" for a camera in this range, not bad for close up work (some are 10cm quite a difference)
+ 2.7" 230K LCD is fairly good in most lighting, it's not a high res panel but this is what you get at this price range
+ Biggest get 200MB of onboard memory which is great (certainly enough to get you out of a tight spot if you forget or fill up the card) it's a bit odd Panasonic can include this on a budget model and not on their higher end models (TZ range)

- Fairly ho hum image quality, the lens is quite weak at the widest setting (lots of smearing in the edges and corners), not as bad telephoto end some edge softness. Central area is quite sharp.
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My first thought, on taking the XS3 out of its remarkably small box, was that it looked like a small plastic toy. It almost doesn't look real, more like a Chinese Christmas-cracker present with a fake Lumix logo on it. And does it really need that big plastic ring around the lens that cheapens the look and feel of the camera? But I have checked it carefully all round, and tried it out, and it does seem to be a real camera that actually works.

This is a tiny, very light, truly shirt-pocket camera that costs little more than £60. It is not going to be hand-crafted from aluminium ingots, or perform like a DSLR, or anything else to write home about. But for the size and price it is remarkably good. It powers up very quickly, it finds focus quickly - ideal for those 'grab' shots - and even has AF Assist for low light. I find the menus a little confusing as there are 'menu' and 'quick menu' and they do different things at different times. It's easy to confuse 'Play' and 'Display', the latter being given a rather too valuable space on the main dial, and you can arrive in roughly the same place from different directions - but that's probably me having to adapt from a Leica C-Lux 2. And whilst the Leica was infinitely better built, the tiny XS3 actually works faster and no less well. You can set the shooting display to give a live histogram, and combined with direct access to exposure compensation (+/-EV) this makes it fairy easy to allow for difficult subjects.

It's the first time I've had a 'panorama' function and with a little care this works well, like a cine camera with instant stitching. It works well in all four directions, but if you move too quickly the result will be blurred, and if you move too slowly the camera times out before you've gone as far as you want.
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Its been a week that I am using this camera. I already own a DSLR and hence wanted a point and click camera which is very slim so that I can carry it in my pocket everywhere I go. Of course not to forget descent images. Also to mention that I am not a fan of smart phone cameras though in recent times they have improved a lot and offers various image processing schemes on the spot. Hence I needed something to go with my iPhone. Then came across this product and bought it. Delivery was very prompt as I had opted for the express delivery. To say about the camera it takes descent images. Daylight images are very good. Even at night it took some very nice portrait and landscape images meaning the exposure(ISO, Aperture, shutter speed) of the camera for night times are good. Overall I am very happy with the product mainly because of the size and it does what it says.
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this camera is beautiful, tiny but easy to hold and operate, has intuitive menus and controls, is very fast and has stunning video and clear audio recording. so what's missing? a picture that isn't full of noise. maybe some won't notice or can overlook this. maybe i got a bad camera and was unlucky but other reviews have pointed out the sensor is yet again with lumix not good enough for the high 14mp resolution and so produces noise even at 100 iso. what's the point in having such superb electronics in a stunning package if it can't take a clear noise-free picture? please panasonic will you stop climbing for the highest mp rating and concentrate on fitting a great sensor again, like you used to do. if you can overlook the noise or get a better camera than i received then this is a great buy. otherwise like me i'll stick with my old lumix and wait cash in hand for them to get it right next year, sigh.
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