The Lumix DMC-G3 is a Flyweight Champion
Smaller, Faster, Tougher – the G3 is a Great CSC
Panasonic were the first manufacturer to bring out Compact System Cameras (CSC) and to revolutionize how we think about D-SLRs. However, they haven’t rested on their laurels. Each new generation aims at a different niche and satisfies different wants. The DMC-G3 is aimed at enthusiast still photographers who want a light, versatile compact size good camera, but who won’t compromise on quality and want an old style viewfinder.
The DMC-G3 is the smallest, lightest CSC camera with a viewfinder available at the moment and, whilst it doesn’t have all the functionality of its siblings the GX1 or GH2, it does have some extra-ordinary features.
The 16 Mega-pixel file size offers superb quality pictures and the Auto-focus is super-fast with a particularly good contrast AF for greater accuracy. It can put some of the best digital SLRs to shame.
The electronic viewfinder offers 100% field of view and magnification. For those more comfortable using a back-screen, the G3 has a touch sensitive, fully hinged and tiltable LCD screen, which is very useful for high or low shots. Shutter speed can extend to 1/4000 sec and ISO can go to 6400. With Burst speed varying between 4FPS for full size files or 20FPS for 4 MP files, this is a very versatile piece of kit. The sleek body keeps dials to a minimum, but all the important options are easily accessible.
In terms of image quality, the G3 is easily as good as most of the up-market D-SRs, keeping fine details and having surprisingly little noise, even towards its top ISO settings. The G3 is also a great video camera, shooting full HD. the autofocus is able to track during video shooting and the lens mechanism is silent. Although it doesn’t have an external Mic socket, it records stereo sound very well.
OUR EXPERT SAYS
This is a superb CSC camera. It can comfortably compete with any camera in its class and even in full D-SLR categories. for it’s price, it is difficult to think of an equal. It is simple enough to use as a point-and-shoot, but has all the functions a more experienced photographer would look for. A perfect camera for travelling light, you will start to wonder why you still own that chunky D-SLR…
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Features
16.7MP CMOS sensor: This produces outstanding quality pictures.
ISO 160-6400: A good range, with hardly any noise throughout.
4 fps continuous shooting (20fps at 4MP): Quick and simple to use.
Full HD video: Excellent quality
Pinpoint AF mode: This magnifies the focus point so that you can fine tune it.
Tracking AF in video mode
Fully articulated LCD with touch screen
1.44M dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder