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Panasonic GF3 review

Small, classy and touchy-feely

As part of our image quality tests, we shot our resolution chart using the GF3 with the with the Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the Panasonic GF3 is capable of resolving up to nearly 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its 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:

Full iso 160 resolution chart

Full resolution chart

JPEG images

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ISO 160: score 22 (see full image)

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ISO 200: score 22 (see full image)

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ISO 400: score 22 (see full image)

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ISO 800: score 22 (see full image)

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ISO 1600: score 20 (see full image)

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ISO 3200: score 16 (see full image)

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ISO 6400: score 16 (see full image)

Raw images

Cropped resolution chart image iso 160

ISO 160: score 24 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 200

ISO 200: score 24 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 400

ISO 400: score 22 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 800

ISO 800: score 22(see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 1600

ISO 1600: score 22 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 3200

ISO 3200: score 20 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 6400

ISO 6400: score16 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
ColourRed
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG, AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)222 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 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)
Height67.1 mm
Width107.7 mm
Depth32.5 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Optical Zoom(Lens 1) - 3x (Lens 2)
Focal Length14 mm14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-GF3
Product NameLumix DMC-GF3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-GF3WEB-R
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-GF3, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, achieves downsizing by approx. 16.7% in size and 16.2% in weight compared with the DMC-GF2 to break the record of being the world's smallest and lightest system camera. Even though the DMC-GF3 pursued the ultimate compactness, Panasonic did not compromise in the equipment of camera such as built-in flash. Additionally, the operation on DMC-GF3 is smooth and easy with optimum layout of control buttons, the newly adopted control dial and the touch-screen operation.

Battery Life340 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-GF3 Mirrorless Camera
  • H-H014 Lens
  • H-FS014042 Lens
  • 2 x Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker