Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review

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

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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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Movie / video mode
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