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Panasonic G3 review

An advanced GF2, or a slim-line G2?

Our Verdict

Panasonic appears to have a winner on its hands. The G3 combines the best elements of the G2 and GF2 and is a camera that is likely to find favour with many enthusiasts, especially those who like street and reportage photography

For

  • Compact size
  • Built-in EVF
  • Articulated LCD
  • Touchscreen with Touch Shutter

Against

  • No eye sensor
  • No electronic level
  • EVF still needs work

As part of our Panasonic G3 review we shot our resolution chart at every sensitivity setting with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS kit lens mounted.

These resolution chart images have been updated following the firmware update that changed the G3's output from 15.70 Mp (4576x3432 pixels) to 15.83Mp (4592x3448 pixels).

The update appears to have improved the G3's image quality very slightly.

If you download the images and view the central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, at ISO 100 the Panasonic G3 is capable of resolving up to 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in it's highest quality JPEG files. Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Panasonic G3: JPEG Images

Full iso 100 resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 100

ISO 160, score: 24, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 400

ISO 400, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 800

ISO 800, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution image iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 22, see full resolution image

Panasonic G3: Raw images

Cropped resolution raw image iso 160

ISO 160, score: 24, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 800

ISO 800, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22, see full resolution image

Cropped resolution raw image iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 22, see full resolution image

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)336 g
Minimum Focus Distance300 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3448
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height160.3 mm
Width192.1 mm
Depth145.3 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-G3
Product NameLumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-G3KK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot cameras compactness, light weight and simplicity. This reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in mirror-free viewfinder technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, for greater portability and creative control. The DMC-G3 image resolution has been upgraded to 16.0 Megapixels from it predecessor the DMC-G2.

Battery Life270 Shot
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker