Panasonic GF3 review

Small, classy and touchy-feely

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High contrast

This very high contrast scene has been reproduced well, we were squinting at the bright sky

High contrast image brightened

Brightening the first image reveals the amount of detail retained in the shadows


Colours are well reproduced and there's plenty of detail here

Depth of field

Having a sensor that it larger than a compact camera's sensor means there's lots of control over depth of field and you can restrict the focus if you want


The GF3's continuous AF system managed to keep up with this cyclist

ISO1 6400

Noise is evident in this image taken at ISO 6400

ISO 6400 cropped

This crop reveals the levels of noise and loss of detail in JPEGs capatured at ISO 6400


All the highlight detail was retained here, despite the bright sun and dark background, but the light on the screen made it difficult to tell if the camera was level or not - it's a little off kilter

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Touch Shutter mode is very useful for candid photography

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Having a sensor that is much larger than the averag compact camera sensor means there plenty of control over depth of field. Note also the excellent white balance performance in the mixed lighting.

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Though it's not the ideal sports camera, the GF3's continuous AF system managed to keep up with this skater as he moved nearer

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The GF3's Multi zone metering system has coped well here

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Shot with the 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens wide open to restrict depth of field

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The Panasonic GF3 is small enough to not draw any unwanted attention when shooting out and about

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Colour reproduction appears to be generally very good

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 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)
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG, AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)222 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height67.1 mm
Width107.7 mm
Depth32.5 mm
Product SeriesG
Optical Zoom(Lens 1) - 3x (Lens 2)
Focal Length14 mm14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-GF3
Product NameLumix DMC-GF3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-GF3WEB-R
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-GF3, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, achieves downsizing by approx. 16.7% in size and 16.2% in weight compared with the DMC-GF2 to break the record of being the world's smallest and lightest system camera. Even though the DMC-GF3 pursued the ultimate compactness, Panasonic did not compromise in the equipment of camera such as built-in flash. Additionally, the operation on DMC-GF3 is smooth and easy with optimum layout of control buttons, the newly adopted control dial and the touch-screen operation.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-GF3 Mirrorless Camera
  • H-H014 Lens
  • H-FS014042 Lens
  • 2 x Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year