Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 review

3D digital camera with two lenses and touchscreen

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If you like the look of images produced by Lumix cameras, you're not going to be disappointed by the Panasonic Lumix 3D1. Colours are strong, skin tones look natural and detail, at lower ISO settings at least, is impressive.

At ISO 400, textures start to become a little coarse. There's a slight colour shift at 1600, and at ISO 3200, detail and edges becomes choppy enough to keep this setting for emergencies only.

At the widest focal length, the lenses show distortion, and there's no need for a bench test to realise that the edges of the frame - particularly the corners - don't come close to the centre for sharpness. Zoom in a little and this is no longer a serious issue.

Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

The Panasonic Lumix 3D1's video performance is good, too. A one-touch record button triggers shooting in around two seconds (it takes slightly longer when capturing 3D footage), and the results appear bright and smooth during playback.

Predictably, the small stereo microphones mounted in the top-plate pick up more sounds near the camera than you'd probably like, but the Panasonic Lumix 3D1 isn't alone in this respect.

In terms of capturing 3D images, you need to develop a slightly different way of shooting than with 2D photography. To maximise the sense of depth, you need to look for layers within the scene you're photographing.

Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

The relatively narrow separation of the Panasonic 3D1's lenses means that you have to work slightly harder in this respect, to avoid pictures lacking punch. However, images look well aligned, and the effect is convincing.

The biggest issue with the camera's performance is the poor battery life. It's no surprise that the Panasonic 3D1 falls short in this regard when you consider the extra power demands of two zoom lenses, two sensors and a massive touchscreen. But that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

Using the same BCG10E battery pack as in the likes of the Panasonic TZ10, the lifespan is quoted at 200 images on a full charge. However, it fell far short of this during our test. Even leaving the camera sitting idle with just the screen on sees the battery symbol flashing comparatively quickly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
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
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
Product ModelDMC-3D1
Product NameLumix DMC-3D1 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC3D1EBK
Manufacturer Website Address
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