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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD Body Only (Black)

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  • 12 Megapixel Ultra Compact System Camera
  • Micro Four Thirds 14mm F2.5 ASPH Lens
  • 3.0" Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
  • Built-in Popup Flash
  • Multiple Lens Options including 3D Still Lens
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-GF3KBODY
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.6 x 4.2 inches ; 9.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00554Z9G6
  • Item model number: DMC-GF3KBODY
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,562 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 13, 2011

Product Description

Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master. This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera 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, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3’s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies. The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. At the heart of the DMC-GF3’s simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled smartphones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any user’s expertise level. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When you’re ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture.

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Amazing little camera, especially for the size.
Brian
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD Body Only (Black) has so far been great.
Alaskan Sprite
I thought I would sell it once I had run some tests but I ended up really liking this camera!
Rachael

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RobsFolly on August 23, 2012
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I recently acquired both the GF3 and a FH25K point and shoot and was curious which would provide the best vacationer experience. I had damaged my Casio EX-S5 by inadvertently turning it on while it was in a case and my wife had managed to misplace her Canon PS-A2200 so I needed a point and shoot replacement. I was torn between the Lumix FH25K and the Lumix GF3. I initially thought that since I already had a Lumix G1 and a (somewhat unfairly excessively maligned) Lumix 14-42 kit lens, I might as well give the GF3 body a try, hopefully it might provide better performance than a pure P&S like the FH25K. Here are my impressions:

The GF3 is most definitively a tweener and it's compromises are likely to rankle both P&S shooters and more advanced enthusiast. With the kit 14-40mm mounted it is too large to slip into ones pocket and too limited in external controls and features to appeal to most enthusiast. I personally really miss having a view finder or a dedicated hot shoe, especially considering the P&S style, red eye inducing P&S type flash. The camera body is very small and it is difficult to find a proper grip, I find myself supporting the cameras weight more from the lens than the body, but once one gets past those limitations and learns where all the menu feature controls are, it's a pretty fun camera. It's electronics work well notably the iA setting, the point of focus tracking and the lock feature as well as the depth of field control works pretty well. The touch screen is not as sensitive as one might hope but I see that not so much as a negative because I already inadvertently set features on and off too often accidentally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Forler on October 18, 2012
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After months of reading reviews and news in dpreviews.com I finally purchased a DMC-GF3. I waited a couple of weeks for a good deal in the used-like-new category and got it for $175. I matched it with the LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens and the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens. My goals were the best price/performance and portability.

As a former owner of a traditional SLR and I loved the quality of the pictures, but eventually got tired of lugging it around. When the digital point and shoot compacts became small enough to put in my pocket, I bought my first Canon. I ended up with a fine Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black) when I started reading about mirrorless cameras and felt I could improve my photo quality and still get portability. I finally decided to try the four thirds technology.

Reading reviews is a good way to learn but is not a replacement for experience and personal taste. Being unsure of the camera, I chose to focus on the best lenses; I could upgrade the camera later when there was more choice and the technology advanced if I wanted. With less pressure on the getting the perfect camera, I decided there was no better value than the GF3.

Is it as compact as the point and shoots? No, definitely not, but with the incredibly small, and fast
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendal Weets on June 25, 2012
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For those who are ready to step up from a tiny sensor point and shoot, this camera is pretty awesome, considering that its current price is pretty low for a nice sized sensor.

My only gripe is with the touchscreen. It's not very sensitive. What I do love about it though is that you can set it to auto mode, and tap the touchscreen on what you want to focus on, and it will focus quickly and take a picture in that one tap. Very clear photos for beginners with the standard kit lens. I use the 20mm f1.7 pancake and get WONDERFUL shots. Beware, though, the pancake lens on this camera isn't as small as it seems. The pancake with cap doubles the thickness of the camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Wehner on January 19, 2014
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I already have the smallest DSLR in the Panasonic Lumix G3, but this is even smaller. Combine it with a pancake lens or as I did with the much more reasonable priced Sigma 30mm 1:2.8 lens and it easily fits inside a jacket pocket. I have been surprised at how bright the touch control LCD screen is even in daylight which has always steered me away from a camera without a viewfinder. The camera also has some nice features such as Defocus and night Scenery mode.

Overall I'm very pleased with this camera, it might even replace my DSLR.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 16, 2012
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Amazing little camera, especially for the size. I have nothing but good things to say about this, especially given the quality and size. This is now my main shooting camera, having replaced my Canon T3i Rebel.
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