- Stylish design, easy to use
- Noise is an issue at higher ISOs
- Review Price: £85
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.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9