Summary: We purchased this camera as a gift for our granddaughter who is off to college! I just talked to her and she loves it. It takes great photos, is easy to use and has so many options that she is still learning all that it will do whenever she can take the time from her studies. We looked at other options, but this camera seemed to be the best! We believe we made a wise choice. We own other Panasonic Lumix cameras and are very happy with the photos that we take.
Summary: I got this camera on a SUPER sale and it was the only one in stock. This camera takes beautiful pictures and that fact that's micro four thirds and I can use the lens from this camera on my BMPCC and vice versa is a home run. If you are a beginner photographer or intermediate level one, this is the perfect fit. I also know some professional photography that uses this camera on shoots. It's overall for the price range and versatility is hands down, camera up front-runner.
Excerpt: The camera is light, small compared to the DLSR from Canon and Nikon. The image quality even with the standard lens (low in price) is sharper. I have added the 25mm Leica lens for close ups. WOW. It has been a reliable performer. Would recommend it.
Summary: I have used the g3 for about 1.5yr now and really don't see a size advantage over a full sized dslr camera. Can't possible put it in any normal pocket, and usually carry a bag to drag this and related equipment around. On the neck it fits better under a jacket and is lighter, but that is it. The kit lense is ok, but could benefit from a bit more zoom. In low light photos are ok, but expect trouble focusing. Videos and sound are good.
Summary: As an amateur, but passionate photographer, I'll defer the technical discussions to other reviewers. I will say that, however, this is a great camera. It takes amazing photographs and, if you read the manual thoroughly, fairly gently leads you into using some of it's advanced features.