Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 review

3D digital camera with two lenses and touchscreen

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With a touchscreen that's quick to use and results that are surprisingly decent, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 is a point and shoot camera in every sense. At just short of three seconds from switching it on to taking the first shot in either 2D or 3D mode, it's faster than the Fuji W3. Shot-to-shot times are snappy, too.

However, because you're unable to view 3D content on the Panasonic Lumix 3D1's LCD screen, it does take some of the fun out of the process. In this regards, the Fuji W3 is more immediately satisfying, particularly if you're looking for a camera that'll keep the family entertained as well.

We liked

The big screen, effective image stabilisation and opportunity to shoot HD video and full-res pics at the same time are all excellent points of this camera.

We disliked

The short battery life and the fact that you can't view 3D images or footage in-camera dent the Panasonic Lumix 3D1's appeal somewhat.

Final verdict

At current prices, the Fuji W3 can be picked up for around half the price of the Panasonic Lumix 3D1. If you just want to dabble in 3D photography and video (albeit 720p), then that's currently the more enticing proposition.

However, if you'd rather not buy into two-year-old tech, and you're after a 3D camera with higher specifications and better overall performance, then the Panasonic Lumix 3D1 is the one to go for.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
3D Type3D
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)171 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.5 mm
Width108 mm
Depth24.1 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 18 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-3D1
Product NameLumix DMC-3D1 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC3D1EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-3D1 can record 3D photos and 1920 x 1080 high quality videos of the side by side method without any special operation or setting. Right and left images are captured simultaneously by the two lenses and the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) of the each lens compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake, even when shooting in 3D. It lets everybody take beautiful and blur-free images with ease. 3D photos and videos can be played back on Panasonic VIERA 3D TV that supports AVCHD format.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-3D1 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Mains Lead
  • USB Connection Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Hand Strap
  • Stylus Pen
Limited Warranty1 Year