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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White)

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Product Highlights
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens Included
  • 12.1Mp Live MOS Sensor
  • Micro 4/3 Camera
  • 3.0" Touch LCD
  • Venus Engine FHD
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • iA & iA+
  • Built-In Pop-Up Flash
  • 1920 x 1080/60i HD Video Recording
  • Optical Image Stabilization

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit gets you started shooting Micro Four Thirds with both the GF3 camera body and a 14-42mm zoom lens. From day one you can shoot a variety of subjects with this practical and versatile lens. This lightweight and easily transportable camera gives you a compact option that does more than point-and-shoot. That means you don't have to sacrifice creativity when you want to be unencumbered.

The aforementioned creative options start with the ability to use any number of lenses thanks to the Micro Four Thirds mount. From there, shooting controls like scene modes and manual focusing control give you power to craft photos to fit your vision. That being said, the DMC-GF3 also provides plenty of automatic options that can be used alone or combined with manual choices for the level of freedom you want over your shooting.

At the core of the GF3 you'll find a 12.1Mp Live MOS sensor and the Venus processing engine. The Venus Engine FHD and the image sensor work together for low noise images. Another highlight of this combo is the Intelligent D-Range Control which enables maximum capture of the image's full range of contrast without blowing out highlights or mucking up the shadows. The camera also boasts numerous scene modes for those times when you want the GF3 to do all the work, and even a dust-reduction system for clean images that need less work done in post-production.

Of course, like any digital camera worth its salt these days, the GF3 captures HD video. You can record up to 1080/60i videos in the AVCHD format. A built-in mono microphone with a wind-cut function captures audio to go along with that video as well. When it's time to share your video on the big screen, the HDMI mini jack allows for one-cable connection of your video (audio too!) to your HDTV. Other video highlights include near silent focusing, multiple lens options thanks to the Micro Four Thirds mount, and touch-enabled subject AF Tracking.

When it comes to the 3.0" touch screen LCD you'll be pleased to find that this intuitive display moves through all the camera's mode settings and menus, even allowing you to trigger the shutter from the screen. However, for those still craving the DSLR feel, the menus and modes can be accessed using the mode dial as well. A built-in pop-up flash allows for lowlight shots caught with confidence, while an ISO range up to 6400 means you can shoot without the flash and still capture detailed, beautiful shots in lower light.

The GF3 also offers LUMIX Light Speed Auto Focus technology which locks onto your subject quickly, for an accurate shot when you're ready to hit the shutter. Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus modes also come in handy by automatically adjusting the defocusing area, exposure control, and white balance. The GF3 also features the LUMIX Photo Style Mode which allows the user to create popular color effects. In addition, the LUMIX Creative Control Mode, accessed from the mode dial, allows for creative effects to be produced in-camera.

14-42mm Zoom Lens Included
this DMC-GF3 kit includes a Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm lens. Capture in a variety of settings with this zoom that goes from the super wide-angle of 14mm to a standard 42mm
Mode Access via Touch-Enabled LCD or Mode Thumb Wheel
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. Additional quick access touch-enabled settings include three Customizable Modes that get you to your favorite camera setup quickly, multiple Scene Modes and the new LUMIX Creative Control Mode. 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. 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.

For those who miss the tactile feel of a traditional DSLR mode dial, the DMC-GF3 offers an innovative mode thumb wheel that quickly cycles though all available modes with visual feedback provided on the large 3'' touch-enabled LCD.

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.

Built-In Flash
Thanks to a 6400 ISO, the DMC-GF3 shoots well under low light even without a flash. But there are times when a flash provides desired enhancements. So, like most DSLRs, the DMC-GF3 provides a built-in pop-up flash for added light during low-light shooting
Lens Options and 3D Capture
LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lens 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 12 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-GF3, 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 camera's Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion 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-GF3 has a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively
HD Video Capture
The LUMIX DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 25 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind. An audio meter can be displayed on the LCD for monitoring audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or played directly on Panasonic VIERA TVs via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several LUMIX Micro Four Thirds lenses help 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-GF3 now offers the new LUMIX Light Speed Auto Focus technology developed for the highly regarded GH2. 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% at F1.4, while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60%).

Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-GF3 and now features a quick 4x magnification feature. By simply touching the subject, that subject is then 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-GF3 now offers a large LCD touch-focus area, enabling touch-focus control 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-GF3 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-GF3 will use this fine-tuned focus point to produce a sharp, detailed image

Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)
The DMC-GF3 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 visually for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may produce a more desired result
Color and Effects
Using the LUMIX 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 LUMIX 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, High Dynamic and now, Miniature Effect

Venus Engine FHD
The LUMIX 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 12.1-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-GF3 offers significant reductions in electronic noise vs. prior models and now approaches the low noise signatures of the renowned LUMIX GH2. The Venus Engine FHD uses new Intelligent Resolution technology to sharpen edge detail without softening fine detail. 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 muddying shadows.

Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 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 170 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 160-6400
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 3.8 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) 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3" / 10.8 x 6.7 x 3.2 cm
Weight 7.94 oz / 225 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
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.39 x 2.5" (6.07 x 6.35 cm)
Weight 5.82 oz (165 g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White)
  • Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • 14-42mm Lens
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    PanasonicLumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White)
     
    4.3

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
    • Large clear LCD (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (7)
      • Family photos (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Low light (3)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

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      4.0

      Great camera!

      By Amber

      from Long Beach, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (Red):

            Great picture quality!

            Although, when i zoom in on pictures, they are not quite as clear as i thought they would be. However, may have not mastered the focus settings yet?

            Either way, very happy with the purchase!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Lumix Gf3

            By Saddat

            from Toronto, ON

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (Black):

            Ive been using the product for a week now and its a pretty good product. its meeting my preference of outstanding quality photos. its also easy to use and handle. the camera is compact and easy to carry around with the benefit of changing lenses.
            things that arent so great about the camera is that it seems a bit fragile and vulnerable at times but i guess all of the cameras are that way. this is actually my first interchangeable lens camera, all i had before were point and shoots.
            i have to say iam enjoying using the camera. :)

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

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            5.0

            Very good camera

            By PBeaulieu

            from QC Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White):

            If you want take a good pictures without to use a big reflex camera, the Gf3 is for you. It's not too big, very fast and easy to use... I recommand it.

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

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            4.0

            Unsure.....

            By jdrt112

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (Red):

                I really love the concept of this camera, the size and capability to change out the lenses. The only problems I have found so far is that the weight of the lense makes it a little front heavy and the display mode icons are a little small so if you wear glasses you will need them. I haven't had a chance to really use it yet in the manner I purchased it for, I hope it's everything I am looking for. I know someone who has this camera and just raves about it and the wide variety of things he uses it for. I think I made a wise choice and once I get the hang of it it will be great.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 4
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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Size Matters!

                By Big City Photographer-Goldenstar

                from Miami, Fl

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (Brown):

                What a surprise to hold the DMC-GF3! I've been using the Minolta auto-focus Konica-Minolta system for years, which became heavy after an hour or so, but the Lumix is very light and easy to operate.The response time between shots is quick and the exposure adjusts very fast.The wide-angle is good for my corporate work in tight office spaces, and the zoom is quick.Worth every penny I spent.

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

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                5.0

                good and powerful camera

                By simon

                from australia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White):

                enjoy using it everyday without the burden

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

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                5.0

                Great Camera

                By Mandy

                from DC, Washington

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White):

                  It's a amazingly wonderful camera for photography enthusiast and especially traveling. It offers almost every feature you can think of in the normal picture taking and light easy to carry. Beautiful too for girls.

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

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                  4.0

                  Loved it!

                  By Celeste A.

                  from Paraguay

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom
                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (White):

                  Compact but complete! Has all the functionality of a bigger camera in a much lighter and smaller piece! I'm getting started and I definatey recommend it! You can put it in your bag and not get all the overweight! Great for hiking trips!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 6
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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent companion Camera

                  By RRabano

                  from Fayetteville, NC 28303

                  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
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens Kit (Black):

                    This camera is sweet. Did'nt by the camera for its' HD video. But when I used it, I was surprise at the quality of the Video that I plan to use the Video function more than its picture taking ability. If you plan to use the Bracket effect for HDR you may be disapointed. I still have plenty to learn about this camera. Bought it as a companion for my D700 Nikon. Were I need to snap a pic. when my D700 is not available. Highly recomended.

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

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