Panasonic G3 review

An advanced GF2, or a slim-line G2?

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Panasonic G3: Our sample images


No exposure compensation was required here despite the large patch of bright sky.

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The texture of the stone has been captured well

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Shot wide open (f/5.6) at 42mm with the kit lens to minimise depth of field, Panasonic's 45mm f/2.9 lens would've been a better bet

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The green is a little on the vibrant side in this shot

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Taken at ISO 3200 while looking away from the subject and using Touch Shutter to trigger the exposure. The Auto white balance system has done well in the mixed lighting

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The articulated screen makes it easy to shot from very low angles. Again, no exposure compensation applied here

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The subtle colours have been recorded accurately here

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No bikes

The G3 is a good choice of camera for street and reportage photography

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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.