Panasonic G3 review

An advanced GF2, or a slim-line G2?

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Panasonic appears to have a winner on its hands. The Panasonic G3 manages to combine the best elements of the G2 and GF2 and as a result is a camera that is likely to find favour with many enthusiasts, especially those who like street and reportage photography.

While Panasonic has made strides in noise control and low light performance, the G3's strength is in its small size and high-quality images in 'average' lighting conditions.

Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on exactly what you like about the images that a camera produces and while the results from the G3 may not be absolutely perfect, they do have a lovely film-like quality.

Interestingly, we are told that the 16-million-pixel G3 doesn't replace the 12.1Mp G2, but the older camera is moving down Panasonic's camera line-up to occupy the entry-level position formally held by the now discontinued G10. Given the more compact styling of the Panasonic G3, it raises questions about the direction that Panasonic may take with future GF-series cameras - we are told that the line is set to continue.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)336 g
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3448
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height160.3 mm
Width192.1 mm
Depth145.3 mm
Product SeriesG
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-G3
Product NameLumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-G3KK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot cameras compactness, light weight and simplicity. This reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in mirror-free viewfinder technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, for greater portability and creative control. The DMC-G3 image resolution has been upgraded to 16.0 Megapixels from it predecessor the DMC-G2.