Panasonic Lumix FP3 Brief Review


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  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 3-inch LCD touchscreen
  • 720p HD video mode
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-02-28
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix FP3
14.1 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; 3-inch LCD touchscreen; 720p HD video mode; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC; Lithium ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The FP3 has been replaced by the FP7. Here's what we had to say about the FP3 when it was released in early 2010:

On paper, the FP3 looks like one of the better models in Panasonic's 2010 lineup. Features include a fairly standard 14.1 megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom, but there's a 3-inch LCD touchscreen and 720p HD video packed into this ultra-slim shooter. It's also compatible with the new super-high-capacity SDXC memory card standard. The more discerning shutterbugs out there may not be happy with the low-light performance, but the rest of us will appreciate the FP3's small size and intuitive controls.

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