Turning point: G3 beats DSLRs hands down

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Turning point: G3 beats DSLRs hands down
Jun 26, 2011

Latest G3 review, on cameralabs dot com, finds the G3 is actually a clearly better photographic tool, including for AF (speed and precision) and metering, than most DSLRs.

Clearly we're witnessing the obsolete DSLR finally go down - good riddance. Yes I own a D7000 and get good results, but the whole design is just idiotic.

General comment

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable cameras I've used. It's sufficiently small and light to be carried almost anywhere without compromising comfort or ergonomics."


"I genuinely believe many people who are shopping for their first DSLR would be better-served by something like the Lumix G3. The 100% Live View system [...] really does have many benefits for photographers of all capabilities.

First, the metering and AF system are not limited to a handful of fixed areas and points. In contrast they can evaluate the entire image, allowing very effective scene and face detection. These cannot be under-estimated. A good face detection system can not only identify a human face but lock onto the eyes in a fraction of a second. All it then needs is a sufficiently quick contrast-based AF system to drive the lens to the right point for a technically perfect portrait shot.

This is where traditional DSLRs fall down as while their face detection algorithms are perfectly good, they don't have a quick enough AF system in Live View to exploit the tracking.

Literally in contrast, the Lumix G3 is equipped with one of the quickest contrast-based AF systems on the market, allowing its numerous AF modes to lock-onto and sharply focus the desired subject in an instant. In a situation where you're photographing friends or kids where the subjects don't stand still for long, the G3 can simply lock-onto them faster than most DSLRs, without worrying about their position on the frame. No locking the focus, re-composing or delay, just take the photo confident in the knowledge it'll almost always be successful.

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