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.
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...
Summary: Bridge cameras "bridge" the gap between two different types of camera. The GF3 tries to bridge the gap between a compact point-and-shoot and an enthusiast oriented interchangeable lens camera. Camera makers have attempted, several times, over the past fifty years, to combine the creative potential and flexibility of an interchangeable lens camera with the convenience and simplicity of a point-and-shoot.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix GF3 takes the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) to a much wider audience. It pushes the GF series further towards the casual photographer and away from the enthusiasts at which ILCs were initially aimed.
What that means in terms of specification is a body with the same sensor and LCD screen as its predecessor and the loss of some key features including the rear thumb push-wheel, hotshoe and accessory port, and the replacement of stereo mics...
Pros: 3:2 ratio touch screen., Fast full-frame AF performance., Built-in flash., Creative Control effects.
Cons: No hot shoe / accessory port., Flash position causes lens barrel shadow., No rear push thumbwheel., Mono Mic.
Summary: The more I used the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, the more it became apparent that this model is a clear move to tap into the entry-level market. However, other users should not let that put them off.
The combination of touchscreen and on-camera buttons, such as the control wheel, provides excellent and intuitive handling. Combine this with a superb AF system, and the GF3 is a pleasure to use. It is backed up by an increasingly strong selection of lenses, too.
Excerpt: As regards to truly compact, compact system cameras, Olympus may have got there first with its E-P1 in late-2009, but Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 wasn’t far behind, stealing some of its Micro Four Thirds system co-developer’s thunder by including the convenience of pop-up flash. As well as, for us, some lovely film simulation modes and marginally sharper results with the supplied 14-45mm kit lens.
Pros: Solid feel construction, smaller compact-like form factor yet retaining the DSLR-like ability to swap lenses, user friendly blend of virtual and “real” buttons
Cons: Flimsy rubber cover to HDMI and AV port, no in-body image stabilisation, mono sound, smaller form factor gives rise to occasional image blur resulting from camera shake in lower light more than predecessors, omits hotshoe and means of attaching a supplementary EVF