Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Announced May 12, 2011 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Product description
Announced May 12, 2011

The G3 is the smallest interchangeable lens camera to feature an electronic viewfinder. It carries over much of the specification of the very likeable G2 but adds a 15.8MP sensor. It also boasts an accessible interface that combines a balance of hard buttons and touch-screen to make it easier for beginners to get the most out of the camera. The 460k dot rear screen is fully articulated, as well as being touch-sensitive, and can be used to position focus or fire the shutter. The G3 also gains the fast autofocus of the more expensive GH2, making it one of the fastest-focusing cameras in its class.

Product timeline
Article, Dec 20, 2011
Review, Jul 11, 2011
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4592 x 3448
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
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) 336 g (0.74 lb / 11.85 oz)
Dimensions 115 x 84 x 47 mm (4.53 x 3.31 x 1.85)
GPS None

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Our review

The G3 is a camera that is easy to use and produces excellent image quality--a step up from previous G-series models. Its overall handling and touchscreen interface have distinct appeal for users moving up from a point-and-shoot. Yet it offers the manual controls and custom parameters that enthusiasts in the market for a smaller, lighter body would expect.

Good for: Users upgrading from a point-and-shoot, low light shooters, photographers who shoot video regularly

Not so good for: Anyone that prefers lots of direct control points, or enjoys shooting sports/action

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