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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



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Here are some general test shots taken with the Lumix DMC-FT3 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and focal range.


A close up macro shot with the camera reliably set to iA mode taken in the flatteringly golden light of late afternoon to really enhance the natural colours present in the scene. Although we've lost a tiny bit of detail, there's not much wrong here, the Panasonic delivering the warm tones with deft precision.


By contrast this is a daylight interior shot, handheld and without flash. Colour is again pretty spot on and exposure even - the FT3 is not a camera that requires hours in Photoshop to achieve something close to what you were attempting. Most will be pleased with unadulterated JPEGs straight from the camera, as shown here.


With the camera left on iA shooting mode it has selected landscape mode as being the best fit for this particular scene. Thus we have boosted blues and greens and generally a punchier more vivid appearance to this shot whilst it remains the right side of natural looking.


This swan image was taken in the last light of day as well as handheld at maximum telephoto - hence it's a little softer than we might have hoped for. Still, the lack of direct sunlight has helped maintain feather detail that is usually lost in burnt out highlights when lighting is stronger.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 8


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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