Panasonic 3D1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 193g - 108 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched November 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Panasonic 3D1 summary

Panasonic 3D1 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on November of 2011. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The 3D1 places at #82 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #892 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic 3D1 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Panasonic 3D1 based on criterias that are generally regarded as useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
bigger than average screen (3.5 inches)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
decently wide (25mm)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has face detect focusing
has tracking focus
in built lens has zoom (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
supports focus by touch
touchscreen functionality
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have microphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse recording
fixed screen
lack of manual focus
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low battery life (200 per charge)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
low resolution (12MP)
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.7)
no aperture priority
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
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Panasonic 3D1 Sensor details

The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic 3D1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the 3D1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The 3D1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 sensor size Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic 3D1 dimensions

Panasonic 3D1 is 0.43 lbs (193g or 6.81 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 108mm x 58mm x 24mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic 3D1 is heavier when compared to its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Panasonic 3D1 beside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button design on the 3D1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic 3D1 Lens specs

The 3D1 houses a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be significant but it would certainly be useful in some conditions.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.9 and that is quite slow and not very good in low light events and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also need to up the ISO leading to noisy pictures. Towards the tele end, 100mm comes with f5.7 making it quite sluggish and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic 3D1 Connectivity

The 3D1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send photos and usually alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Panasonic 3D1 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Panasonic 3D1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and Motion JPEG format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't give you much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket so you get little control over your sound. It is probably best to buy another camera in case you want decent sound in your video clips.

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Panasonic 3D1 Weather Sealing

Panasonic 3D1 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions can ruin the camera.

Panasonic 3D1 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic 3D1 has a 3.5" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus point as well as adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder details regarding Panasonic 3D1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic 3D1 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.

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Panasonic 3D1 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic 3D1 has got only built in flash with missing external flash support.

Panasonic 3D1 Autofocus specs

Panasonic 3D1 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for people photography.

The AF system has 23 focus points to select from. Panasonic 3D1 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus points. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Panasonic 3D1 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic 3D1 Battery life

The battery life for the Panasonic 3D1 is fashioned to last for 200 shots based on the CIPA requirements which is lesser when compared to its competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Panasonic 3D1 for specific types of photography

The following chart indicates a summary of the Panasonic 3D1 for specific types of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

Panasonic 3D1 Portrait photography info

The Panasonic 3D1 has a points total of 27 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not really good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the potential to use off-camera flash.

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features face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Panasonic 3D1 Street photography features

With a nice score of 61, the Panasonic 3D1 is a fine pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Sports photography with Panasonic 3D1

A dreadful sports photography score of 30 indicates the Panasonic 3D1 is not really good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
lack of shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery (200 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF

Panasonic 3D1 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really critical in getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic 3D1 gets a moderate 59 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suited for your journeys.

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provides focus via touch
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
not so great battery life (200 shots)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

Panasonic 3D1 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone who is looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic 3D1 with it's dreadful score of 36 for a landscape camera is not really good in the current market.

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relatively wide (25mm)
big screen (3.5 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low battery pack (200 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Panasonic 3D1

A vlogging camera should really come with a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic 3D1 is not really good as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful score of 34.

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decently wide (25mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of microphone jack

Panasonic 3D1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the 3D1, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram down below shows you an overview of the 3D1 compared to it's top scored competitors mentioned above.

Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3.5 inches
Display resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT Full Touch Screen with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
193g (0.43 lb)
108 x 58 x 24mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery life
200 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Retail cost