Panasonic FH3 overview
Panasonic FH3 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera originally released on January of 2010. The camera comes with a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FS11" in certain markets.
The FH3 comes in at #172 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1069 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your custom criteria.
The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic FH3 family
The Panasonic FH3 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.
Panasonic FH3 Gallery
You can view the FH3 from several angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic FH3 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic FH3 based on things which are oftentimes seen as essential in a camera.
Panasonic FH3 Sensor features
The sensor size in the Panasonic FH3 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and gives a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the FH3's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The FH3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FH3 dimensions
Panasonic FH3 weighs about 0.36 lb (165 gr or 5.82 oz) and the size of the camera is 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Panasonic FH3 is very similar compared to various competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Down below is a image of the Panasonic FH3 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the FH3.
Panasonic FH3 Lens features
The FH3 is equipped with a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional but it is likely to be useful in certain situations.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 and that is very sluggish and not good in low light events and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. On the long end, 140mm comes at f6.9 which is really slow and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FH3 Connectivity
The FH3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and at times change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Certain apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Panasonic FH3 Video features
The highest video quality in the Panasonic FH3 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should go for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means you have zero control over your audio. It is perhaps best to find another model should you want decent audio in your video clips.
Panasonic FH3 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Panasonic FH3 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.
Panasonic FH3 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FH3 comes with a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic FH3 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Panasonic FH3 Shutter features
Panasonic FH3 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Panasonic FH3 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic FH3 boasts just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.
Panasonic FH3 Autofocus features
Panasonic FH3 boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
It comes with 9 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FH3 has no manual focus. Manual focus mode is good in low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focus.
Panasonic FH3 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life in this category of cameras.
Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:
Panasonic FH3 for different forms of photography
The following diagram presents a analysis of the Panasonic FH3 for different forms of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic FH3 Portrait photography details
The Panasonic FH3 gets a points tally of 29 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really very good for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the ability to use external lighting.
Street photography with Panasonic FH3
Coming in at a modest score of 57, the Panasonic FH3 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Panasonic FH3 as a Sports photography camera
A really bad sports photography points total of 35 indicates the Panasonic FH3 is not really very good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic FH3 Travel photography info
Weight is very important in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FH3 gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to take with you on your trips.
Panasonic FH3 Landscape photography details
If you find yourself looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FH3 and it's really bad grade of 38 for a landscape camera is not really very good in the current marketplace.
Panasonic FH3 Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic FH3 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad score of 29.
Panasonic FH3 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the FH3, here is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart listed below shows you a summary of the FH3 vs it's top ranking rivals shown previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you might view as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.