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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine FHD
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • 20fps Continuous Shooting
  • ISO 160-6400
  • Light Speed Auto Focus System

Panasonic boasts that their DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Kit, with the G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 lens included, is even better than the company's G2. With an enhanced 16Mp sensor, a Free Angle touch LCD, improved access thanks to the mode dial, and other numerous enhancements, it would appear they're right.

One way in which the G3 didn't change is that it still provides the user with the versatile Micro Four Thirds lens mount for attaching any number of Four Thirds lenses, and then some. That means the photographer will have all the advantages of a large DSLR camera, in a compact body. There's no compromise when traveling - both the ability to move quickly with light weight gear and to take creative images are available when shooting with a Micro Four Thirds camera. And with this kit, a versatile 14-42mm lens allows the photographer to get started taking amazing stills and shooting outstanding videos from day one!

Of course, the G3 also shoots 1080i HD video! What digital camera worth its salt doesn't these days? Knowing that HD DSLR video is the wave of the future and a driving force behind the Micro Four Thirds movement, Panasonic was sure to include 1920 x 1080/60i capture. Features like a built-in stereo microphone and a live viewfinder help the user to capture impressive movies. Using the aforementioned HDMI connection, those same movies can be outputted to an HDTV for immediate viewing on the big screen.

Whether the shooter is capturing stills or video, the lens options for the G3 are impressive. The Micro Four Thirds mount allows for 11 lens options from the Lumix G MFT System. There's even a 3D lens available for capturing 3-dimensional and 2D images simultaneously. In addition, lens adapters are available for mounting Leica M and Leica R lenses and older Lumix full Four Thirds lenses. In addition, many Lumix MFT lenses feature optical image stabilization, which helps to prevent blur or un-wanted motion.

The DMC-G3's 3.0" free angle touchscreen LCD helps the shooter to capture from numerous angles, and to replay video and stills with ease - whether it's an audience of one, or the entire family is gathered around. The touch controls on the LCD allow for navigating the menu, focusing, and playback, along with triggering the shutter. Other noteworthy features include the camera's mode dial and hot shoe. The mode dial enables fast access to common camera modes like Aperture Priority and Manual, and it also provides access to additional settings, including two custom modes, scene modes, and the Creative Control Mode. In addition, there's also a dedicated video button that can activate video capture without requiring that the camera modes change. Additionally, the hot shoe allows for attachment of external flashes.

In addition to being a lightweight, user-friendly Compact Camera System, the G3 also provides the shooter with uncomplicated storage options. The internal memory card slot is compatible with SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Of course, like most digital cameras today, files can also be off-loaded via the camera's USB interface. Other camera connections worth mentioning here include the mini HDMI, an A/V output, and the 2.5mm min jack. The 2.5mm jack allows for connection of an optional remote for hands-free control of the camera.

Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens Included
This version of the DMC-G3 comes with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds Lens. This zoom is a great overall starter lens that gives you versatility to shoot wide angle to telephoto with ease, without having to change lenses. That makes the 14-42 an excellent choice for situations when you never know how you might want to shoot
The Micro Four Thirds Advantage
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot camera's compactness 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
Mode Dial and Hot Shoe
The DMC-G3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience with an external mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter, Aperture Priority, and 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 hot shoe 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 problem, 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
Touch-Enabled LCD Screen
At the heart of the DMC-G3s improved functionality is a movable 3.0" 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 (800 x 600, 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)

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

MF Assist
The DMC-G3 now offers a larger LCD touch focus area than 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 images full range of brightness, without blown-out highlights and mudding shadows

Additional Specifications
  • Dust reduction system: supersonic wave filter
  • Extra tele conversion: Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
    Motion image: Max.4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.0 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 120 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x
Diopter Adjustment - 4.0 to +4.0 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 160-6400
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 20 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Power
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.3 x 4.5 x 1.8" / 8.4 x 11.5 x 4.7 cm
Weight 11.84 oz / 336 g Body only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 14 - 42 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.2 x 1.9" (5.59 x 4.83 cm)
Weight 4.0 oz (113 g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black)
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • A/V Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood
  • Body Cap
  • Stylus Pen
  • Owner's Manual
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    PanasonicLumix DMC-G3 Digital Camera Kit (Red)
     
    4.5

    (based on 116 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (99)
    • Easy to use (92)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
    • Large clear LCD (59)
    • Image stabilization (54)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (47)
    • Noisy at high ISO (9)
    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Lag / shutter delay (6)
    • Poor flash (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (84)
    • Family photos (76)
    • Landscape/scenery (69)
    • Wildlife (38)
    • Low light (37)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (49), Casual photographer (40), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photography student (8), Pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (102), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Small size, high image quality

    I purchased the G3 for travel and casual/spontaneous shooting because my Canon 7D -- which is a phenomenal camera -- can become uncomfortably heavy and bulky to carry for extended periods. Although...Read complete review

    I purchased the G3 for travel and casual/spontaneous shooting because my Canon 7D -- which is a phenomenal camera -- can become uncomfortably heavy and bulky to carry for extended periods. Although these two cameras shouldn't be compared, I couldn't resist. In short, the file quality of the G3 is for all practical purposes as good as the 7D's. Without being too scientific or obsessing on pixels, the real-world output of the Panasonic is outstanding -- particularly if you use better lenses.

    The 14-42mm kit lens exceeded my expectations; not great, but quite good. I also shot with some Leica glass using the M-mount adapter with spectacular results. (The manual focus works exceptionally well on this camera, as does the autofocus.) And I shot with the Lumix 20mm f1.7 and found it to be almost as good as the Leica lenses.

    It took a little time to warm up to the touch-screen interface, but once I understood the logic, I found it to be quick and easy to use. The electronic viewfinder isn't as nice as a real optical viewfinder, although it's very clear and has an excellent information display.

    The G3 isn't a perfect camera -- it won't do everything -- but if you want a travel camera that produces DSLR-quality stills and excellent video, it may be what you're looking for. Despite a few shortcoming (battery life, cheap build quality of the kit lens) I gave this camera five stars because of its value, size and image quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Useful but flawed

    Bought this because I loved the shape, size, handling and ergonomics of the G2 (and the fact that it has a built-in viewfinder.) but was not happy with the color output of...Read complete review

    Bought this because I loved the shape, size, handling and ergonomics of the G2 (and the fact that it has a built-in viewfinder.) but was not happy with the color output of that camera, and reviewers said that the rendering of skin tones was improved in the G3.
    Well the color quality is improved a little, still not up to Olympus standards, and the shape of the camera is worse, not better. I guess somebody told them that the G2 was "Too Big", so they made the grip smaller and less useful. And the smaller grip forced them to use a smaller battery, so battery life, which was not great on the G2, is now even worse. (So buy an extra battery.)
    Colors are still somewhat muted and greenish for my taste, but that can be fixed, and overall the image quality is excellent.
    The kit lens that came with the G1 is one of my favorite lenses, well built and sharp. The one that comes with the G3 is less sharp and much more cheaply built.
    Overall, it's a fun and useful camera, and the fact that it has a built-in viewfinder (EVF) is a BIG plus over Olympus offerings.
    (The EVF for competing Olympus cameras is an expensive add-on.)

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    5.0

    Perfect Choice

    By Emre

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

    I have just started Photography and I think this is a good starter choice. And also B&H Photo is the cheapest seller for this item.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    GREAT LUMIX G3 !!!

    By Laila

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

    I am not a professional. I just bought this camera to take better pictures and I am very glad I chose the Lumix G3. It´s a great camera and a super good deal. You can just use the iA button if you are not sure what to do or you have so many other options if you want to experiment and fool around. Which I am tryng to do. It´s really fun and I would totally recommend it.

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    4.0

    Very Good Camera with a learning Curve

    By Nikbren1

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Focus Is Hit Or Miss
    • Low-light Video Is Choppy
    • Low Light Video Is Dark
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Outside Bright Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

    I bought this with the 14-42 kit lens. I know my way around a camera and this camera has a lot to offer. I've taken a great deal of time exploring this camera. The kit lens is par at best. The zoom control is a bit rigid and not super smooth. Near shots were okay, but anything at a distance of more than 10 feet were hot or miss (mostly miss). The lens just isn't fast enough to capture any sort of action. I had a really tough time getting any quality shots of my son's jr basketball games. (I've since purchased the 45-200 zoom lens hoping to get better results). The video is very good in bright light. Despite the larger sensor, this camera struggles in low-light. Some footage I shot was unusable (maybe I'm missing something, but the low-light video shots I saw online were 1000% better than I could produce).Overall, the camera is pretty good. I was disappointed with the kit lens, and the low-light video quality. I hope using different lenses will help get the most out of this camera. (Too bad the lenses are SOOOO EXPENSIVE!)I do like the small size, and it seems like it has a lot of potential to be a great camera.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 6
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    An EVIL looks like DSLR

    By EthaN1989

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

    EVF is a nice design for those who get used to DSLR.
    And the free angle touchscreen helps the shooter to capture from numerous angles.
    Furthermore, AF is fast enough.
    Image of ISO 1600 or higher looks better.

    But the image is still not as sharp as Olympus and SONY.
    The battery life is unsatisfactory, by the way. My G3 ran out of battery after I only took about 200 photos.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Price... Great Customer Support...

    By Wes

    from Port Charlotte, FL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

    This is my first camera and I love it, It was a little complicated at first but I love it. I am not so fond of the zoom features, but it works just fine.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Excellente camera & service

    By Juan

    from Miami

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

      5 star product at a 5 star price

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      The next step up

      By Geri

      from New England

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • High ISO Performance
      • Wide Variety Of Settings

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

      my Canon Powershot was feeling limiting but I wasn't ready for a DSLR. This G3 was the next step up for me. It's solid, feels great in my hand, gives me more options for manual exposures yet also let's me just take snapshots. It's terrific.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very happy with my purchase from B&H Photo

      By Not the mommy

      from Orlando

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

        Purchased a Canon T3 approximately 2 months earlier and realized it was not for me. Although it takes great photos, I love the tilt screen on the Panasonic G3.Also the G3 of course is much smaller, and takes superb video. I love the touchscreen of the G3. I wish I had found the deal on the Panasonic G3 first. It's been too long to return the Canon so now it's going on [@].

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect travel camera

        By Christine

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

            Perfect travel camera with much bigger sensor than the TYPICAL compact point-and-shoot digital camera.

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            • No

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            5.0

            BEST camera I've ever purchased!

            By kevdude82

            from Grafton, IL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

              Easily one of the best cameras I've ever used. Very simple to operate and the package includes everything you need to start shooting immediately.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              4.0

              Good camera for great price.

              By AL

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

              I picked up this camera to use as my secondary/backup camera and I have no regrets.

              I have not invested in additional lenses yet, but I love having that option. Picture quality is good, and the video is solid. I will probably purchase another lens in the future.

              The viewfinder, and the moving LCD screen are very good and provides flexibility when taking pictures.

              Again, great camera for the price.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              It is a good bargain

              By bso888

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

              It is a good bargain. The camera is great and relaible but the battery life

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great bang for your buck

              By GOGA

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

              Just what I was looking for...great for enthusiast photographers...

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              A great upgrade!

              By iHarley

              from California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

              Coming from a point and shoot background this camera has a lot to like. The image quality is head and shoulders above what I'm used to in terms of both color and sharpness. I love the ergonomics of the camera. Though many will deride the grip I find it just fine for my medium to large sized hands. I love the touchscreen and the quick autofocus.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              very happy

              By rich

              from clovis nm

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                I am very happy with the dmc g3 its very much worth the price I got it for and the service from this site was really good and fast I will continue to shop here for my camera needs

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Good Price. Got it for $[$]

                By Aaronjai

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                I got this G3 for $[$] from B&H, which is a very very good price for a mirrorless camera, even it is not the latest model, but it does its job.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                like it

                By hunter lin

                from atlanta, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                it's really good with its low price. But try larger sensor if you have more budget.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great camera for a beginner

                By Amateur Photographaer

                from Brooklyn NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                    I'm a beginner at photogrophy although i have always loved it. I have only just started to use this camera, and while I am still getting the hang of it, it seems really user friendly and catches really great shots.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    best all rounder for micro four third

                    By W.S. photography

                    from Bangkok, Thailand

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Small grip

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro
                    • Packshot
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                    - main use : macro photography, packshot, and use with legacy manual lense.

                    - pros : lightweight, nice image quality, build-in EVF, well thought GUI and button layout

                    - cons : grip a bit too small for large hands, EVF and LCD are not WYSIWYG (need to use "shutter speed preview" feature to calculate and show the result exposure and histogram)

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    shipping is pretty fast.

                    By Cai

                    from Columbia, sc. Us

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black):

                      Price is great. Fast shipping.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      Memory Cards

                      Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                      Delkin Devices -  16GB SDHC Memory Card Pro Class 10
                      • You Pay: $10.95
                       

                      Get a wide-angle, zoom, or other effect for various photography applications.

                      Panasonic -  45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount
                      • You Pay: $269.00
                       

                      Batteries & Power

                      Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                      Panasonic -  DMW-BLD10 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (7.2V, 1010mAh)
                      • You Pay: $26.00
                       
                      Panasonic -  DMW-AC8 AC Adapter for Select Panasonic Lumix Digital Cameras
                      • You Pay: $39.95
                       

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                      Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                      Lowepro -  Rezo TLZ 20 Compact Holster-Style Bag (Black)
                      • You Pay: $28.00
                       

                      Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                      Tiffen -  52mm UV Protector Filter
                      • You Pay: $7.99
                       
                      General Brand -  52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
                      • You Pay: $15.74
                       

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                      Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                      Vello -  FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger & Remote Control Kit (Panasonic & Canon)
                      • You Pay: $94.95
                       
                      Panasonic -  DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm)
                      • You Pay: $330.00
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