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Wonderful HDR camera; high level dslr-quality resolution,
This review is from: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen LCD (Body Only) (Electronics)
For HDR afficionados this a wonderful camera. One little known feature of the Panny G-series is that it has really generous exposure auto-bracketing. The G1 and G2 will auto-bracket 7 exposures at 2/3 of an f-stop (so total +-2). The G3 expands that to a full f-stop per bracket for a total +-3, and to that you add greatly improved high-ISO performance. So unquestionably the best hand-held HDR camera on the planet. It also has a pretty decent in-camera HDR feature.
I actually prefer the handling of my G1 to this G3. The G1 has a little bit bigger bump on the right side and the surface is a nice grippy rubber. This camera is much smaller and made of slippery enameled metal. They also stripped off some of the hardware controls from the G1 -- you have to do more with menus in the G3, which is a pity.
But everything else that I love about the G1 is there in the G3. The picture resolution is remarkable -- comparable to a Canon T2i/T3i, which is to say it captures as much detail as you're going to get short of lugging around a $3,000 full frame DSLR. (a good place to see this in action is the Imaging Resources Comparometer -- just google it and try it out. The G3's resolution is better, somehow, than the average consumer DSLR.)
The Panny lenses are expensive but almost without exception terrific. The 14-45 (which shipped with the G1 and can be bought separately; much better than the 14-42 that ships with the G3 kit) is just a wonderful walking around lens, small, versatile and razor sharp.
The downside of the G1 is speed in medium and low light. So it wouldn't be your best camera for sports indoors or on a cloudy day. The G3's low light performance is so much improved it may have closed that gap, but you do your own research on that point -- I don't shoot sports or a lot of birthday parties.