Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
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.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Format||AVCHD, Motion JPEG|
|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″)|
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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