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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker



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A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Lumix DMC-FT3 in a variety of shooting conditions and with different lenses attached, as detailed.


Here's our usual wide angle test example, here at 28mm equivalent which, although we are losing a little definition toward the edges on close scrutiny, isn't bad at all. Again the sharpest detail is to be found dead centre of frame.


And by way of contrast an image taken at maximum zoom, a fairly modest but for this class of camera perfectly adequate 128mm equivalent. Again a reasonable level of detail is maintained even if the image could do with a boost in terms of contrast to get rid of the late afternoon haze.


Another shot at the telephoto end of the zoom, but of a closer subject. Again, definition is good for a folded lens point and shoot, with sufficient detail displayed for us to be able to pick up on the flaking paint and rust spots in this once more regal insignia.


A handheld night time shot without flash but with the relevant night scene mode selected on the camera. Apart from obvious image noise in the darker areas and blurred subjects because of the necessarily slower shutter speed, sufficient detail has been maintained to more than justify taking the snap in the first place.


A close up macro shot reveals plenty of texture on this piece of stone in a shot that it is hard to find any fault with at all.



March 15, 2011, 3:34 pm

Did you take any photos of people with the flash on?

Since the flash and lens are at the same height and so close to each other I'd worry that red eye would be a BIG problem with this camera...


March 15, 2011, 3:36 pm


It would be useful to know the amount of shots you can expect from a full charge, with and without the GPS being switched on.

How long can it maintain 3.7fps for?

“3D shooting mode (useful only if you own a compatible TV)”

Does this mean with a 3D TV or just with a Panasonic 3D TV?

Impressive ISO results up to 800 with 1600 being good for emergency. Is it possible to set an ISO range limit with this camera?

Suggestions for improvements

Is it possible to add shot details to your photos? i.e. iso, aperture, shutter speed?

Different subject for iso tests


March 16, 2011, 5:27 pm

The ISO crop photos seems much better at demonstrating the noise. Nice move.


March 16, 2011, 7:03 pm

@CK - Those crops were available before. When you click to enlarge you can then choose any point in the photo to view closer as well as the overall shot. That feature is very good but the subject chosen isn't as there is no part which shows us how fine detail is affected by iso increases.


March 17, 2011, 6:43 pm

@joose - The car placement is different, and the cropped portion is also different. Now light and shadow on the crops (pardon my lack of specialist vocabulary) can easily be seen, for quick and direct comparison on one page. Previous crops also seem to be out-of-focus, but I can be wrong on this.

Yeah I know the enlarged photos were present in the past and you may prefer to opening the images one by one, but I'm not commenting on something that didn't change (much).


October 19, 2011, 7:51 pm

I have a TS3. The time to write the full size jpg is reduced to about 1 sec by the use of a high speed card like:

SanDisk SDSDXP1-008G-A75 8GB Extreme Pro SDHC Memory Card

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