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.
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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W is available in India at a street price of Rs. 39,990. The camera does well in the features as well as design department. The performance of the camera is quite good as well, especially while capturing outdoor images. The interface of the camera is not that great, but once one gets used to it, navigating is pretty straight forward. Our only real hang up with it is the price, which is almost Rs.40,000.
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.
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.