28mm Wide-angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens and Up to 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom
The 12.1-megapixel DMC-F3 features a 28mm wide-angle*1 4x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm) with f/2.8 brightness. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 4x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 12.1-megapixel full resolution. Use the Extra Optical Zoom*2 when you want to pull the subject in just a little closer. It extends the 4x optical zoom ratio to 7.8x (35mm equivalent: 218mm) at resolutions of 3 megapixels or less, by using the central part of the CCD.
*1 Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.
*2 At a resolution of 3-megapixel or less. In the DMC-F3, image resolution is kept at its maximum size to the optical tele-end even if the Extra Optical Zoom is ON.
Auto Scene Mode
In the Auto Scene Mode, advanced detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful photos every time. It includes Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame and Intelligent Scene Selector to detect scene conditions. In addition, the DMC-F3 includes Digital Image Stabilizer to detect hand-shake and Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal)*1 to take care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash.
*1 Digital Red-eye Correction must be turned ON in the menu prior to use.
HD Movie Recording
The DMC-F3 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-F3 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).
Large, 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD
The DMC-F3's large 2.7-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 8 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes. And it lets you share the fun of viewing images with family and friends. The High-angle Mode makes the display extremely easy to view from a low angle, for example, when taking photos by raising your hand upward to capture the subject over the crowd.