Summary: This product is at best average. It takes good pictures, especially outdoors, but a few features it doesn't have makes it a little annoying. First of all, you can't zoom in or out when video recording!! This is pretty silly as even phones will do that. Also, the touch screen is rather poor.Slow and unresponsive. This makes it especially difficult when reviewing pictures on the device.
Summary: Overall, this is a decent camera. I'm no camera aficionado, I was just looking for something simple to carry around for impromptu pictures. I'd say everything about it is okay, but I'm writing this review more for pointing out flaws for future purchasers to consider (isn't that how most reviews go these days? :)).
Pictures are not as sharp or vivid? (even in Vivid mode)
Mia Alentajan "Mian", Amazon
2 January 2011
Summary: I bought my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 last June 2010. I have had 2 Sony cybershots in the past, though pictures were nice and sharp, the lifespan of these previous cameras were only 2 years max. For the Lumix, my photos are not very sharp -- a bit hazy -- despite cleaning the lens, and putting it in Vivid mode. Pls help... I know Panasonic Lumix has a good reputation as a good camera, but I'm not seeing this in my Lumix now.... pls help.
Summary: I'm feeling a bit confused after reading so many glowing reviews of this camera when I've had it for over 6 months and have been very disappointed with it. Probably 1 of every dozen or so photos I take, turns out blurry for no reason I can find. Its zoom is unimpressive, and its ability to take close-up shots is shoddy at best.
Summary: okay. So when i ordered this I ABSOLUTELY loved it. Until I began to fiddle with the touchscreen. I originally wanted the FP1, but had gotten this one by accident. Anyways...long story short, this is not like the iphone. The iphone is capacitive and responds in a snap - this DOES NOT. Form factor A plus, looks A plus,picture quality A, touchscreen...C minus.
Summary: Wanted something tiny (and it is that) with a touch screen (which unfortunately leaves much to be desired). Looked forward to reading about how to use all the features, but the directions only give the basics - ie how to insert battery and card, but nothing about taking actual photos. Turns out that's all on disc - meaning you've got to print out hundreds of pages or learn how to use it while sitting in front of the computer.
Summary: Great value, small size, always great to have a camera which fits in your pocket. But .. The touch screen is a big turn off. Highly insensitive screen leaves you tapping constantly. If you just want to take pictures from this camera and see the pictures on your computer later, its a great deal. But if you sometimes want to view the same on the camera, then you are in a big trouble.
Summary: I own both a Canon 780IS and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3. Lumix Pro's: photo quality; intuitive controls; clean retro rectangular design; touch screen commands Lumix Con's: video quality clearly inferior to Canon 780IS; rectangular shape is retro cool but not ergonomic in the hand --- I found myself accidentally pressing buttons, covering the microphone hole, or with a finger on the edge of the photo, or fearing it would slip from my hand I prefer the Canon 780IS.