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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Overall 8


Digitalcamera HQ
19 June 2014
  • Summary: Panasonic's G3 mirrorless compact system camera keeps its sights set on the enthusiasts that made the G series a hit, but aims for the step-up point-and-shoot crowd, too. With a svelte body, nice interface, and excellent image quality, this camera can make a lot of photographers happy.
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Overall 7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 advanced camera sports updated and streamlined features

21 February 2012
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Panasonic has made some interesting changes to its third generation Micro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens camera, the Lumix DMC-G3. Updates include a new 16 megapixel sensor, an updated processor, and higher autofocus speed. The G3 retains a touchscreen, articulated LCD and features a slimmer DSLR-like design with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), pop-up flash, and hotshoe. At launch, the camera was about $100 less than the G2’s original price.
  • Pros: Good balance of advanced and automatic features, On-board flash and hotshoe, Built-in electronic viewfinder, Improved autofocus speed, Pleasing image quality, Responsive touchscreen
  • Cons: No automatic eye-sensor LCD/EVF switching, Smaller grip, No external microphone jack, Rolling shutter in video when panning
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Panasonic Lumix G3 – the perfect middle ground between features and portability

10 January 2012
  • Conclusion: The starting price for the Lumix G3 body is actually lower than the G2, which is another great point for the camera, and thanks to its good video mode, it might also be a good purchase for people who need a hybrid still/video camera, but who want to focus more on photography than video.
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Overall 7

Panasonic Lumix d

17 December 2011
  • Summary: If you're looking for a camera that's not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn't skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my top options. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting action, so you may end up having to go with something just a bit bigger, anyway.
  • Pros: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 delivers great photo quality and useful features like an articulated LCD and extended bracketing in a comfortable--if somewhat big--shooting design.
  • Cons: While not bad, its performance is in the middle of the pack, and the battery doesn't last long enough.
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Camera Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Pop Photo
6 December 2011
  • Summary: Once again, Panasonic has created a very impressive ILC in the G3, combining fine imaging with a well-evolved touchscreen experience. Users who want to exploit RAW shooting should take some time to experiment with noise reduction.
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Overall 8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 camera review

30 November 2011
  • Summary: Though the G3 isn’t cheap for anyone more used to a pocket snapshot of a digital camera, it is a jack of all trades device that manages to master most of what it purports to offer. We can see it going down a storm with family users who’d like more professional looking shots of their kids but who don’t want to lug around a digital SLR and separate camcorder with which to achieve it.
  • Pros: Approachable and user friendly, lightweight compared with a mid-range DSLR, 25% smaller and approx 10% lighter than the G2 predecessor, vari-angle LCD plus EVF
  • Cons: Still a tad pricey for the average Joe, smaller dimensions mean a small handgrip, clipped highlight detail in sunnier conditions, no eye sensor for switching between LCD and EVF
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Panasonic G3 Review

18 August 2011
Overall 9

Panasonic Lumix G3: Hands On Review Panasonic Lumix G3 Comments & Questions ( write your own! ) Panasonic Lumix G3 Reviews

Digitalcamera HQ
2 August 2011
  • Conclusion: As you’ve probably gathered by this point, we think the G3 is an exceedingly competent camera. In fact, considering its price point and competition, it’s really very good. The build quality is as sturdy as it needs to be, the design is slim and sexy, and the user interface is simple enough that anyone can pick it up and start shooting.
  • Pros: Good price compared to competitors, Excellent design and user interface; easy to use, Very good image quality for Micro Four Thirds format, Great video quality, Intuitive touchscreen implementation
  • Cons: Lack of physical controls undesirable for many users, Accidental touchscreen triggering gets annoying, Meager battery life, No in-body stabilization (vs. Olympus PEN), Smaller sensor (vs. Sony NEX, Samsung NX, most dSLRs)
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
10 July 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Very good image quality with impressive high ISO performance, Well-implemented touchscreen interface, Fast-focusing AF system (for its class), Improved skin tone rendering, AF point can be positioned along the edge of the frame, Touch AF can be disabled, Can shoot 4fps (but sadly not in live view), Ability to define two custom function buttons, Full 1080i AVCHD video from 30fps output, iA mode allows you to adjust aperture during video capture, Picture-in-Picture manu...
  • Cons: Poor JPEG rendering at high ISOs, Lacks a dedicated AF/AE lock button, No eye sensor to switch between viewfinder and LCD, No external mic input, Small grip makes hand-held use of larger lenses awkward, Flush design of DISP. button makes it hard to press, Long wait times between image bursts in Raw mode, 20fps SH mode yields poor image quality, Continuous tracking performance suffers in low-light, low contrast scenarios
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
5 June 2011
  • Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (priced from $599) is a compact, SLR-styled mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that uses the Micro Four Thirds standard. It's the follow-up to the DMC-G2, and its biggest changes include an even smaller body, a new Live MOS sensor and image processor, faster autofocus performance, and Full HD video recording.
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