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Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Hands-On Preview

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Hands-On Preview - We take a look at the brand new Panasonic Lumix 3D1 - an ultra compact 3D digital camera with a large 3.5 inch touch screen.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Panasonic Lumix 3D1
Price : £265
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Panasonic Lumix 3D1

The new Panasonic Lumix 3D1 is a new compact camera from Panasonic, it features a twin lens, twin sensor, allowing both photos and video to be recorded at the same time (photo size is 8 megapixels), also available wide/zoom photos at the same time, 25mm wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, large 3.5 inch touch screen (not 3D). The camera uses two 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensors and allows continuous shooting at full resolution at 8fps.

Key Features:

  • 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom lens, 25-100mm equivalent
  • Full HD video recording, with stereo sound and optical zoom
  • Video and Photo Shooting at the same time
  • 8fps Continuous Shooting
  • 3.5inch touch screen
  • 3D Shooting
  • HDMI out
The screen on the back isn't 3D, and instead Panasonic recommend using the HDMI output to connect the camera to a 3D TV. The camera uses a lithium ion rechargeable battery, which is said to give 200 shots battery life. There is a physical switch on the back to quickly switch between the 2D and 3D modes.

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Front

The camera is switched on/off using the front sliding cover, revealing two lenses, built in flash, and focus assist lamp.

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Top

On top in a traditional on/off button, stereo microphones, speaker, shutter release with zoom control, and dedicated video button.

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Back

The back is dominated by the large 3.5 inch touch screen, and looking at this you'd think it was just a normal compact camera with a large screen - but instead they've managed to fit 2 lenses and sensors in the camera to enable 3D shooting.

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Front Off
The camera will be available in December, for more information have a look at the full Panasonic Lumix 3D1 announcement.

Panasonic Lumix 3D1 Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/5.7
35mm equivalent25mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.5in
Screen resolution460k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Zoom macro
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1300sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Scene modes
  • Program
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
CIPA Rating200
Box Contents
Box ContentsStylus Pen, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight171g
Width108mm
Height58.5mm
Depth24.1mm

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