Summary: For the casual shooters that Panasonic is targeting with this camera, the GF3 is a solid choice. With its kit lens, it fits in a small bag or a jacket pocket, and is more powerful than most fixedlens compacts.
Conclusion: The touch-screen Lumix DMC-GF3 is Panasonic's smalllest Micro Four Thirds camera. Its low-light performance and sharpness aren't on the same level as some competitors, but it is still a very capable camera.
Pros: Compact. Many lenses available. Speedy performance. Touch-screen display.
Cons: Slightly soft kit lens. So-so low-light performance. Large kit lens. No hot shoe or accessory port.
Excerpt: Panasonic’s much-lauded line of GF continues its westward expansion with the new Lumix GF3 ($700) , and like the GF2 that came before it, the GF3 is even smaller and easier to use. Inside is a 12MP sensor with a faster processor for ultra-fast autofocus, built-in photo styles and processing filters.
Conclusion: There is little going against the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 digital camera other than a missed opportunity to upgrade an LCD screen used in previous models. However, the GF3 on so many fronts just gets it right. From retailer shelf appeal, to the quality of images it produces, to Full HD video recording and a bonus $100 price tag reduction from the GF2 to the GF3... this camera is definitely a contender for camera of the year.
Summary: The GF3 is a camera that combines high image quality and access to advanced shooting options with a small form factor and simplified control layout. Enthusiasts may be disappointed with the relative paucity of direct controls, but the GF3 is a very easy-to-use camera that is capable of lovely images.
Pros: High quality (though aging) sensor capable of excellent raw file output, JPEGs show slightly improved high ISO performance (compared to the GF2), Improved skin tone rendering in JPEGs (compared to the GF2), Well-implemented touchscreen interface, Fast-focusing AF system (for its class), AF point can be positioned along the edge of the frame, Good variety of 'Photo Styles' color presets for stills and video (compared to the GF2), iA+(Plus) mode allows exposure and whit...
Cons: No EVF port, No flash hotshoe, No rear click dial, Smaller body size makes hand-held use of larger zoom lenses awkward, Mono microphone (instead of stereo) for video recording, Positioning of pop-up flash is more susceptible to producing red-eye and lens-barrel shadow, Some lenses (including 14-140mm) extend below camera base, fouling tripod plate, No flash exposure compensation, Fastest continuous shooting mode comes at the expense of live view, Continuous tracking p...