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

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic LUMIX S3

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:85%


  • Stylish design, easy to use


  • Noise is an issue at higher ISOs


Panasonic LUMIX S3 Review


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Aimed at beginners, the Panasonic Lumix S3 has a 14.1MP  sensor and 4x optical zoom that covers 28-112mm. Not as broad as some, it does feature the more effective optical image stabiliser to reduce camera shake.

There’s a 2.7in LCD screen and 720p HD video recording too. The S3 is a good-looking camera: its curved exterior and high-gloss finish works well, though the lightweight plastic feel lets it down.
The S3 can be operated with one hand if you wish – the rear buttons are located to the right of the LCD panel and make the camera very simple to use thanks to their raised finish and sensible layout. Image quality isn’t as good as that of others here, as image noise is an issue at higher ISO settings. As well as Auto mode, there are six Scene modes that include Macro, Night and Portrait.

In summary, the Panasonic Lumix S3 is a solid option. The specification and image quality may not be the best but it’s nevertheless a good all-round entry-level compact.


White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set, (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, High Sensitivity)
Metering System:Intelligent Multiple
Exposure Modes:Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, SCN, Motion Picture
ISO Range:100-1600
Power:Li-ion Battery pack
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Lens:4x optical zoom (28-112mm)
Dimensions:98.8 x 58.8 x 20.9mm
Shutter Speeds:8-1/1600 sec
File Formats:JPEG, Motion JPEG
LCD:2.7in, 230k-dot LCD
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC