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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


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


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

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix G
Image StabilizationOptical
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
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
Product ModelDMC-G3
Product NameLumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-G3KK
Manufacturer Website Address
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