Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Announced Jun 13, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Jun 13, 2011

With the GF3, Panasonic continues to court the mass-market, with a camera that furthers its trend of simplification and new-user befriending. It's a gentle refresh of the GF2 but one from which even more controls (as well as size and weight) have been removed. It's still a 12MP camera but the addition of the latest three-core Venus Engine FHD processor gives it the impressive speed of its G3 and GH2 siblings.Building on the simple touchscreen design of the GF2, the GF3 loses Panasonic's signature rear click-dial, instead making do instead with a compact camera-style dial around the four-way controller. This and the loss of both the flash hot shoe and rear accessory port underline Panasonic's determination to keep things small, simple, unthreatening and inexpensive. The stereo mics of its predecessor have also gone, further casualties of the downsizing process.

The GF3 is a well-specified camera, which is characterized by hassle-free ergonomics, and is capable of very satisfying results. As such, it is well-placed to lure owners of compact cameras who desire better image quality and the opportunity to begin exploring advanced exposure controls and camera settings. Ultimately the GF3 succeeds in offering these users a range of features which may be completely new to them but in a package that is neither intimidating nor prohibitively costly.

Product timeline
Article, Dec 20, 2011
Group review, Dec 20, 2011
Review, Aug 11, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 264 g (0.58 lb / 9.31 oz)
Dimensions 108 x 67 x 32 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.26)
GPS None

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Our review

The GF3 is a camera that combines high image quality and access to advanced shooting options with a small form factor and simplified control layout. Enthusiasts may be disappointed with the relative paucity of direct controls, but the GF3 is a very easy-to-use camera that is capable of lovely images.

Good for: Users who want excellent image quality and responsive performance in a compact-style camera body

Not so good for: DSLR enthusiasts looking for a smaller second body with direct control points and a viewfinder option

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