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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-Inch Free-Angle Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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  • 16-megapixel compact mirrorless system; Micro Four Thirds format camera
  • Kit includes 14-42mm Lumix f/3.5-5.6 lens; capture high-quality photos in 3D with optional lens
  • 3.0-inch free-angle LCD with touch control; new Pinpoint AF feature
  • 1080/60i HD video capability in AVCHD format; Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology
  • Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+); more burst shooting options; new Photo Style Mode
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3: Hands-on preview by dpreview.com

Read the full Panasonic Lumix DMC-3 preview at dpreview.com
The G3 uses a brand new 16.6MP sensor, producing 15.8MP images and features a considerably downsized body compared to its predecessors. It pushes further towards touch-screen control in an attempt to make the camera ever-more accessible to beginners. We've had a final production standard G3 and have prepared a hands-on preview with both studio test shots and real-world samples.

Read the full Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 preview at dpreview.com


Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4.5 x 3.3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005058BTW
  • Item model number: DMC-G3KK
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 12, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot camera's 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 its predecessor, the DMC-G2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Highlights

Panasonic Lumix G3 interchangeable lens system camera highlights
The Lumix G3 pictured with optional 3D lens.
Mode Dial and Hotshoe
The DMC-G3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience with an external Mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual. Additional dial settings include two Custom Modes, Scene Modes and the new Creative Control Mode. The DMC-G3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. Like most DSLRs, the DMC-G3 provides a built-in flash and hotshoe for connecting optional LUMIX flashes.

Available Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby, Pet, Party and Sunset, which can all be controlled from the intuitive touch-enabled LCD.

Lens Options and 3D Capture
LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 11 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the DMC-G3, ultra fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved.

Many Lumix MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Working together with the cameras intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motions blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, you're sure to capture images that are sharp.

Dust Reduction System
As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, The DMC-G3 uses a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 time per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

Panasonic Lumix G3 interchangeable lens system camera highlights
The Lumix G3's touch-enabled, swivel LCD makes it easier than ever to capture the perfect picture.
Touch-Enabled LCD Screen
At the heart of the DMC-G3's improved functionality is a movable 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 cell phones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any user's expertise level. Even the shutter can be triggered from the touch-enabled LCD by simply touching the subject you want focused and captured. 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.

Live Viewfinder
For many, a traditional eyelevel viewfinder is still a must have. The DMC-G3 meets this demand with an eye-level electronic viewfinder that projects a high resolution 1.44m-dot image with 100% field of view (800x600, 0.7x magnification). Color breakup has been improved vs. the DMC-G2, resulting in smooth image viewing while panning.

HD Video Capture
The LUMIX DMC-G3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 30p). It offers a built-in stereo microphone and is available with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Advanced video sound controls include a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind, and an L/R audio meter display for controlling audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or easily played directly on Panasonic VIERA TV via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several Lumix Micro Four Thirds lenses helps keep lens noise at bay while the touch-enabled LCD allows you to automatically keep active subjects in focus with touch-enabled subject AF Tracking.

Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing
Contrast Detection Auto Focus technology used in point-and-shoot and new mirrorless Compact System Cameras now approaches the speeds that were once only available from traditional professional-level DSLRs. The DMC-G3 now offers Light Speed Auto Focus (14-140mm ~0.1 sec. 14-42mm ~0.18 sec., 45-200mm ~0.15 sec.). LUMIX Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you won't suffer from "shutter lag" frustration. Contrast Auto Focusing also offers greater shot accuracy due to fewer hardware components needed vs traditional DSLR phase difference systems, thus fewer pictures will suffer from system focusing errors. (e.g. the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60% at F1.4).

Panasonic Lumix G3 interchangeable lens system camera highlights
Easily connect the Lumix G3 to your HDTV via an optional HDMI mini cable.
Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-G3 and has been greatly improved over DMC-G2. When magnification is first enabled at 4x by simply touching the subject, that subject is enlarged in a small window allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference. Beyond 4x, that small window fills the monitor so even more control over focus fine-tuning can be achieved. This handy feature is available from both the MF Assist (Manual Focus) and AF + MF focus modes.

The DMC-G3 now offers a larger LCD touch focus area vs. the DMC-G2. Now touch focus can be enabled from any part of the image as seen on the LCD. Unlike traditional DSLRs that limit the number and position of focus points, the DMC-G3 uses the entire image sensor and can even fine-tune focus with a new fine-tuning Pinpoint AF feature. When Pinpoint AF is enabled, the image is enlarged, allowing for pixel-level setting of the focus area desired. Once set, the DMC-G3 will use this fine-tuned focus point to produce a sharp, detailed image.

More Burst Shooting Options
Rapid burst control at various rates and resolutions. Capture full-resolution 16-megapixel images at up to 4 frames per second with mechanical shutter enabled, or an even faster 20 frames per second using the electronic shutter feature at a reduced resolution of 4- megapixels.

Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)
The DMC-G3 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording modes with iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In the new iA Plus mode, the defocusing area, exposure control, and white balance can be adjusted for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may produce a more desired result.

Color and Effects
Using the new Photo Style Mode, popular color effects can be achieved. These settings can be further enhanced with fine-tuning of Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction. Color effects include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom.

With the new Creative Control Mode, accessed from the Mode dial at the top of the camera, an expressive look to the image can be achieved without the need for complicated post-processing software. Common effects can be achieved via the touch-control menu as a pre-setting in an easy-to-understand "what you see is what you get" experience. Effects include: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, and High Dynamic.

Venus Engine FHD
The new Venus Engine FHD offers vastly improved compensation for electronic noise under low light and shadows where higher ISOs typically add grain to the image. Circuitry on the new 16-megapixel sensor further reduces low-noise signal problems at the pixel level and at the amplifier circuit level. As a result, higher ISOs with much lower noise can be achieved. This means faster action-stopping shutter speeds in low light, and a maximum achievable ISO of 6400.

The noise level of the DMC-G3 offer significant reductions in electronic noise vs. prior models. Noise is significantly suppressed by more than 66%. Notably in shooting at high ISO setting, S/N value is improved by approximately 200% compared with the conventional 12.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor performance improves by 6db at ISO 3200 and max. 9db at ISO 6400.

The new Venus Engine FHD uses new Intelligent Resolution technology to sharpen edge detail without softening fine details. In addition to maximizing edge and fine detail, the Venus Engine offers Intelligent D-Range Control. Intelligent D-Range Control enables maximum capture of the image's full range of brightness, without blown-out highlights and mudding shadows.

Product Description

Panasonics LUMIX DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot camera's 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 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience with an external Mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual. Additional dial settings include two Custom Modes, Scene Modes and the new Creative Control Mode. The DMC-G3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. Like most DSLRs, the DMC-G3 provides a built-in flash and hotshoe for connecting optional LUMIX flashes. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 11 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Of course this is by far a better camera. Pictures are very nice even in the Auto mode. I love it!!! Read more ›
We're now thinking of vacations in terms of photo tours, and with tools like Ligntroom 4 or Photoshop Elements 10, you can spend hours creatively putting together journals… Read more ›
Great shots when using a tripod. Does not take good action shot. I bought to shoot water falls do the light weight. Read more ›
I will say that, however, this is a…It takes amazing photographs and, if you read the manual thoroughly, fairly gently leads you into using some of it's advanced features. Read more ›
It took good pictures, but I found the camera bulky with the lens I got. I should have got "flat" style lens instead. Read more ›
I recommend it to everyone! Also out there are a lot of lenses at a accessible price and at a great quality for those who what to play with the focal distances. Read more ›
Nice camera with great features, but I was disappointed with the quality of feel. It felt like a toy. Read more ›
Additionally, the contrast based auto focus is so fast, that live view is…The swivel screen gives you huge options over a hold up to the eye only or a fixed back screen. Read more ›
For anyone who is new to a more complicated camera, Panasonic has two very cool features to make it a little easier to use. The first is Program shift mode and the newest… Read more ›
The Sony may have better results in low…The Nikon has a feature that you can shoot video and stills at the same time, but I didn't like the menu and it didn't feel right. Read more ›
Despite all the SLR-like features, it is smaller than any digital SLR I have seen. Read more ›
The camera has really great SLR-ish/high-end features (great pictures, including in low light/high ISO, out of focus backgrounds, robust continuos shooting, exposure… Read more ›
I took the plunge and I have to say this camera is amazing considering the features and flexibility for the cost. The speed at which this thing focuses is amazing. A… Read more ›
This also performs fast in shot to shot. It's autofocus is remarkably fast. It's only hindrance is at night when the evf is slow and grainy. Read more ›
And to be able to just keep clicking away without waiting for the camera to catch up to me was a joy, so when the experts say that automatic focus works great, they're right. Read more ›
(From what I have seen, Olympus is about to announce a new PEN camera that uses a new 12mp (I am glad they are stopping at 12 as that is more than enough) and new lenses… Read more ›
It's not as good in low light as optical viewfinder, but it shows more useful information and has additional functionality that optical viewfinders don't have, like manual… Read more ›
I've only had it for a few days and still learning the basic modes and settings, but I can say pretty definitively that it takes excellent photos, gives me the fast… Read more ›
Nice camera, easy to use. Needs greater low light sensitivity: too noisy at the higher end. Read more ›
For it's size, it packs as much as a big standard size DSLR camera would pack. The controls are very easy to use and learning how to operate this camera takes no time at all. Read more ›
The ergonomics is really good but I will prefer slightly bigger…I have the lumix 14-45 3.5/5.6 attach to the camera body, and it is really good, small and smooth to use. Read more ›
The G3 is an SLR style MFT camera that is much better than any other Panasonic…It is smaller and lighter than traditional DSLRs, yet remains well balanced and easy to use. Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent (even in low light/indoor situations), it's very easy to use (just common sense), no navigating through a complex menu, lightweight, love… Read more ›
No photography expert but the price was right and it got great reviews. I have used for 1 week now and have found it easy to use and produces fantastic pictures. Read more ›
Plus drains already weak battery much faster. 3- Kit lens is not great 4- Lens prices are on par with quality SLR lenses. Read more ›
Can produce great and very sharp images 2. Excellent prime lenses (25mm and 34mm). 3. Good metering. Read more ›
Camera, as expected, good, but the lens just rubbish, I haven't touched a lens as bad as this. the zoom ring jitters, very bad handeling Read more ›
With the small size and weight, you can lug this all day with a nice selection of lenses and not fear fatigue from carrying a large kit all day in the hot summer sun....… Read more ›
Micro 4/3 is now going to be my 'beyond good point and shoot' photo system. I like that lenses can be used on Panasonic and Olympus bodies and the reviews of the lenses. I… Read more ›
3rd- I liked the interchangeable lens. So far I just have the kit lens, but am already researching a second fixed lens for indoor low light with small aperture settings,… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

138 of 145 people found the following review helpful By G Smart on October 4, 2011
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
Though I owned a pretty good Panasonic video camera in the past, Panasonic's name never associated in my mind with quality photo cameras, but I'm happy I've been proven wrong. I did quite serious research in various DSLRs, 4/3rds, mirror-less APS-C cameras, and ended up choosing G3. It's not the best camera in the world, every camera has its own trade-offs, it's just the most satisfactory camera for my needs for the money I was willing to spend. Your mileage may vary.

First of all, I would recommend to anybody considering buying this (or any other) camera do three things:
-- Read professional reviews on dpreview dot com, it's important to see the objective tests and read professional opinion. But don't make final decision based on professional reviews. What reviewers achieved in controlled environment, putting their best efforts, may not be representative of what you get. In fact most cameras look in reviews much better than in reality.
-- Check the average Joe the photographer pictures on pbase, flickr, etc. See how punishing or forgiving the camera is, compare to other cameras. I find the pictures of water especially revealing. Does the water look dark, muddy, blotchy with visible noise, or pleasantly smooth, even oily? I found many G3 water images very pleasing. It's possible for a camera to produce outstanding results in controlled environment and yet fare much poorer in casual use.
-- If possible, handle the camera in the store. See whether you like the weight and size, how soft/hard the release button is, whether you like the viewfinder, are dials/buttons readable, how quickly it focuses, etc.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2011
Color Name: Red
If you have looked on with dismay as Panasonic abandoned the enthusiast small M4/3 and instead chases a smaller and smaller and dumber and dumber form factor with the GF line, then you now have a reason to be happy. It appears Panasonic is positioning the G3 as the successor to the GF1. They might not know that but that is how I view it. Viewed as a replacement to the G2, the G3 is a bit of a let down. Much the way the GF2 was compared to the GF1. However, the G3 is a great replacement to the GF1. It is a little bigger but not that much. The physical controls are the same but now there is touch screen controls and to make up for many of the missing physical controls there are the C1 and C2 modes on the mode selector. a Before continuing something that very few people seem to understand with these camera systems is the lens, not the camera body, determines how big the camera is. I will use extremes to illustrate the point. Put a 14mm f/2.5 on a GH2 and it seems very small. You can't put it in a shirt pocket but it will fit inside a jacket pocket. Also, you can get it in a very small carry case. It is so small and light I use a wrist strap and not a neck strap. Put a 100-300mm on a GF3 and it is going to be huge and because of the form factor really unusable.

The first thing to note about the G3 is the price is $699. That is $100 cheaper than the G1 or G2 at launch and $200 cheaper than the GF1. In addition to being $200 cheaper than the GF1, the G3 has a built in EVF (would have been nicer rangefinder style) and a swivel screen.

Another nice change from the G2 and the GF line is the new sensor. Panasonic and Olympus have been using a 3 generation old sensor in every m4/3 line except the GH line.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. Banas on August 24, 2011
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I took my G3 on my four week vacation to Europe. I also bought the 20mm f1.7 pancake to go along with it. I'm back from my trip and here are my impressions:

What could be better:
- Feels solid but a bit heavier than expected. I can fit it into some of my jackets' pockets but it weighs the jacket down too much.
- Shape of camera not as pocketable as I'd hope, mainly due to protruding EVF, only large pocets work even with a pancake lens.
- EVF is great for composing shots but not good enough for evaluating exposure, the 3" LCD does a better job.
- Compared to APSc censors the dynamic range is not as wide, however much better than any compact I ever used. I compared some high contrast shots to my friends Nikon D5100, and his camera was better at preserving highlights. Non high contrast scenes were comperable.
- White Balance could be better in artificial light.

What I love:
- Smaller and less intrusive than a full sized SLR.
- Looks great, especially with the 20mm pancake.
- Great handgrip & controls
- Easy to use if you need to capture a spontenaous mement.
- Intuitive controls if you want to get creative.
- Fast shooting.
- Great Looking Photos

All in all the G3 is not as pocketable as I'd hoped, but that is the tradeoff oh having an EVF and manual controls, and for me it's worth it. The camera easly slips into a small messenger style bag. Once I got over the portablity issue I fell in love with the camera, it's just fun to use, and the photos are great. I especially love it with the 20mm pancake for a really portable package. I took 1,500 hundred photos on my trip, reviewed them all, and I am very pleased. This camera is not for everyone however it's great for anyone that wants to take charge of the camera, play with manual controls and get creative controls without the bulk of an SLR.
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