Panasonic FH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 55 x 24mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #178 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1115 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH3 vs FH10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH3 vs F5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH3 vs FH8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH3 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH3 vs FH7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH3 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH3 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH3 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH3 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH3 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH3 vs FH27
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH3 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH3 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH3 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH3 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH328-140mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH3 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH3 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH3 vs FX580
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH3 vs FX48
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH3 vs FZ28

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.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (28mm)
flash built-in
good min ISO (80)
megapixel count good (14MP)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames per second)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing mic jack
missing Time Lapse function
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual control
no manual focus
no moving screen
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f6.9)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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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.

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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.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

Photography Glossary

Down below is a image of the Panasonic FH3 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the FH3.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 28 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.

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decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

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.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

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.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
slow fps (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

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.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)

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 37 for a landscape camera is not really very good in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode

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.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port

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.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3
Other name
Lumix DMC-FS11
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
165 grams (0.36 pounds)
98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost