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PanasonicLumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body)
 
4.4

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (58)
  • Easy to use (55)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (44)
  • Large clear LCD (42)

Cons

  • Short battery life (21)
  • Noisy at high ISO (12)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Small LCD screen (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (46)
  • Family photos (45)
  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Low light (24)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little camera -- super photographs

I bought my first Lumix DMC-G3 camera and three lenses for my Christmas present in December 2011. I love the camera. The camera and the lenses take great photographs and they weigh only about...Read complete review

I bought my first Lumix DMC-G3 camera and three lenses for my Christmas present in December 2011. I love the camera. The camera and the lenses take great photographs and they weigh only about 1/2 or 1/3 the weight of the Canon 7D and heavy lenses I previously carried around. The only thing negative about the camera is that because the body is so small, the controls are very close together and for the first couple of months I was accidently touching controls while holding the camera. But I have gotten used to it and now seldom accidentally touch controls. I have had some very good low light results with the camera. I highly recommend this camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wonderful Camera

I use this camera as a back up body for my personal work. This is the best price I have seen on a camera of this quality. I previously owned a Panasonic GH2 whis...Read complete review

I use this camera as a back up body for my personal work. This is the best price I have seen on a camera of this quality. I previously owned a Panasonic GH2 whis is supposedly the best (at the time) in the Panasonic line. I hated that camera as it was overly complicated and would change settings every time a person picked up the camera and accidentaly touched any of the buttons on the back. The G3 does not do this and is not as complicated to use while having all the image quality of its big brother. The 4/3rds system is a remarkable alternative to the SLR especially when traveling. Yhe lenses are smaller, it is easier to cary, the image wuality is very good and I don't feel like a pack horse when I am traveling.

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5.0

Awesome for the price!

By AmarettoTort

from Northern Colorado

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

    Moving up from point and shoot and this is an easy transition! Love the touch screen.

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

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    4.0

    Great value for the price

    By faburaya

    from São Paulo, SP, Brasil

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

      Great value for a câmera with an excelent image sensor.

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

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      5.0

      Great camera for the money

      By toddjones68

      from Lake Alfred, Florida

      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
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

        I love this camera! I am coming from a point and shoot so to me the quality is fantastic. Focus is over twice as fast as my high quality fuji point and shoot. The price on this model has really come down and if you are looking to go from a point and shoot to dslr style with the ability to change lenses then I highly recommend this camera. because it is a mirrorless camera the battery life is a little short. I usually get between 200 and three hundred pics to a charge. I just went on [@] and bought a $5 battery and it works just as good as the manufactured one.

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

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        4.0

        Panasonic G3

        By none

        from Phoenix, AZ

        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
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Is Excellent
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

        I use it in fieldwork on a plant inventory, tracking an endangered population of Arizona willow, and surveying the dying trees due to climate change. I needed a camera that can be simple to use, but that I can customize to shoot unusual conditions. Excellent. The manual is better that that of the G1 I bought in 2009 (I wanted better color and low light performance). The G3 is better in several ways.

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

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        5.0

        Great Camera,so happy!

        By faiths

        from sante fe,nm

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

          I use this camera for taking pictures and filming,and its great at both and user friendly so its great for beginners! =]

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

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          5.0

          "Plan to buy a second body" Great Camera

          By Llyod

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Semi-pro 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
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

          As a back up for my current DSLR
          The G-3 controls are very well placed and functional. The design meets my needs and I am sure it'll meet the needs of other Lumix camera lovers. Unfortunately, the battery for the G-3 is too expensive and does not last very long before recharge.

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

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          3.0

          Many Features on a Dime

          By Fetus Loukides

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

          There are many powerful and useful features crammed into this product. The speed of the auto focus was impressive. I would recommend it to someone on a tight budget looking for a fast focusing camera and nice picture quality. Would not recommend it to someone looking for manual video use.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 5
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Small/light micro four thirds camera

          By Anonymous

          from San Jose, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

          I really like the size/weight of the camera (as far as I know, it is the smallest micro four thirds camera with built-in viewfinder) and the price was great. The picture quality and features are also rather good - comparable to most entry level DSLRs.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9

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          4.0

          Great buy for the money!

          By PDX Photog

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

            I have owned everything from high-end point and shoots (Sony HX30V) to pro-sumer Nikon and Canon DSLRs. While I was hesitant to migrate toward the M43 products, the pricing on this model really made it easy. The controls are intuitive, the feature-set adequate, and the quality of the photos/videos more than you should expect for a $ kit. The only downside to this camera is that there really isn't a moderately priced "fast" prime or wide-angle option if you want additional lenses. Other than that it is a great buy.FYI - I have also been using it with old legacy glass from the 60's & 70's. The adapters are cheap and the results are astoundingly good. It's as easy as attaching the lens, setting it to aperture priority, and then have at it. The zoom feature to ensure good focus works wonderfully, both on the back screen and the electronic viewfinder. So, if you buy this camera made sure to pick up some old "nifty fifties" from your friends closet, buy the adapter, and go have some fun.

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

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            4.0

            Brilliant Design, Excellent Camera

            By Tristan S.

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

            I have welcomed myself to the mirrorless ILC world with this Panasonic DMC-G3. I'm very impressed. I own two other D-SLR cameras (Canon), but I've been putting them aside for this little wonder. But I stress little - if you have large hands (which I actually do), take a look at some other body (like the new Canon SL1 or something).

            However, this camera does everything the DSLR does. One drawback is the noticeably slower autofocus. So this is not a sports photography camera. I would also leave it out of low-lit places (this is where fast lenses from DSLR cameras shine the best). When it comes to everyday and special events in well-lit/outdoor settings, this is my go-to camera. Add to it high-quality video (I've heard the GH2 and GH3 are major players in that regard), and it's extremely well worth it.

            Now there is a G5 available, so that's the latest. But if you can get this camera at a price you like, definitely suggest the purchase.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Do not look It down

            By james0075

            from Anderson, SC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

              I once used a GH1 and this time, I bought a G3 from B&H, therefore, my judgement are based upon the G3 performance compared with GH1 and DSRL cameras.

              It is well built, with built in EVF and flash, these two items are useful especially while you shoot in daylight.

              The picture quality is so good, even if you only shoot at JPEG straight out and untouched, the photo will not be recognized by others it is shot by such a small body.

              The touch screen is very useful and high ISO capability is okay, I mean could use it shoot at ISO1600 without issues. Moreover, you also could amount Nikkor, EF, Sony lenses onto it via adaptors.

              One cons are: 1) The battery life is too short. You must buy one more for 5 to 6 hours continuously play. 2) Shutter sounds quite loud. 3) Shutter delay, but this is a common issue to all EVF bodies.

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

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              5.0

              Excellent, with the FZ200

              By Pierre

              from québec, canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

              excellent qualité with my lumix 14-45 lens, almost no noise till past ISO 800.
              Light, speedy.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              • No

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              4.0

              Great small camera with lots of features

              By CampHillPhil

              from Camp Hill, Pa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I purchased this camera because I had already invested in the micro 4/3 camera system. I found the G3 to be easy to use and it has more features than my other micro 4/3 cameras and my Canon 50D. The photos I have taken have been great and comparable to my 50D. I just wish the Image Stability feature was in the body like my Olympus Micro 4/3s. Other than that a great camera. It even has the EVF which is great in the sun. The price could not be matched by any of the other photo shops I buy from.

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

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                4.0

                Versatile and decent image quality

                By RD Teasley

                from Madison, MS

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I purchased this camera as a carry anywhere machine. I love the onscreen histogram. I've primarily been shooting with it in aperture preferred mode. The rear control dial serves a double purpose of controlling aperture and adjusting exposure compensation. The exposure lag is a bit longer than I would have anticipated from a 2010 era camera but isn't anything I can't live with. The articulated LCD rear screen is a joy to work with especially at low angles. I use the eye level viewfinder for all other shooting scenarios. Some people may find the lack of an auto sensor to switch back and forth from eye level to LCD a minus but I'm not bothered by having to push a button to switch. At B&H's current price (Spring 2013) this camera is a real bargain. Be sure to purchase extra batteries. This camera has a low capacity battery (less than 300 shots per charge).

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

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                5.0

                great deal on a great product

                By Mster

                from San Diego, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                As my 1st compact system camera, this G3 is perfect in price point and is easy to use.

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

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                4.0

                A very good travel camera

                By cpl366

                from Amarillo TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor Image Stabilization
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I bought this for use as a travel camera. It is smaller than my G2, or EPL-1. The auto-focus is also noticeable faster than either of those. The 16mp sensor produces notably better images than the 12mp sensors. I am more satisfied with ISO 1600, and even 3200 performance than either the G2 or EPL-1. Above ISO 3200, and the image quality definitely suffers. The video mode is excellent, and should allow the camera to make a good stand in camcorder on trips. It has a limited amount of buttons to access settings on the camera. As a result it is necessary to use the touchscreen to adjust settings on screen. The touchscreen itself isn't bad, although certainly not as responsive as a good smartphone screen. The menu system itself is ok, but looks dated. Like the G2 it lacks in body stabilization, and relies on stabilized lenses instead. I think it's a plus when using long tele-zoom lenses, and a drawback with non-stabilized primes.All in all this is first micro 4/3 camera I can say I am really happy with. While it doesn't have the direct controls that the G2 has, it is faster, and delivers noticeably better images. This camera, two kit zoom lenses, three primes, a flash, and a macro adapter all fit in a camera that previously held a Canon 7D with a short zoom. When you factor in the very reasonable price this camera is now selling for, it was too good to pass up.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                • No

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                4.0

                Best Value in Micro Four Thirds

                By JWright

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I bought 2 of these as a compact solution when I don't want to carry my 5DII. They are nice cameras for that purpose, but obviously the image quality is not as good as the full frame camera. The autofocus is very fast and accurate with the quality prime lenses from Panasonic and Olympus. The video is nice, but there are no manual controls or microphone jack. I think it is the best compromise in size while still retaining adequate image quality.

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

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                3.0

                Wonderful Camera

                By jhart

                from Portland OR

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

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

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I use this camera as a back up body for my personal work. This is the best price I have seen on a camera of this quality. I previously owned a Panasonic GH2 whis is supposedly the best (at the time) in the Panasonic line. I hated that camera as it was overly complicated and would change settings every time a person picked up the camera and accidentaly touched any of the buttons on the back. The G3 does not do this and is not as complicated to use while having all the image quality of its big brother. The 4/3rds system is a remarkable alternative to the SLR especially when traveling. Yhe lenses are smaller, it is easier to cary, the image wuality is very good and I don't feel like a pack horse when I am traveling.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 6
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                • No

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                5.0

                WOW

                By ROCKY

                from Encinitas, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Full Manual Control

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Rock Climbing
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wokrplay

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                I purchase this as it was w/in my budget and I wanted to be able to use it w/ my other lens that I own. Using an adapter...Voila! I use this mainly for my work/play. I love it! It would have been nice to be able to have full control of the manual settings. I have it on that mode always. My next purchase will definitely be the GH2 or GH3 because of it's ability to have full manual control. Hopeing B&H will have the best price!! Overall, I am happy :)

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
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                • No

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                4.0

                Great little camera

                By Eddle

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO

                Best Uses

                • Hiking Travel

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body):

                This camera may be at the end of its production life, nevertheless it is still great.
                It can be bought at significant discount. It replaces my bigger full frame Nikon kit when I am traveling or hiking. The 20 mm pancake lens almost lives on this body.
                It is very compact and rugged. The electronic viewfinder takes getting used to, and it is not possible to move the focus points when looking through the viewfinder.

                Still, it can do most things a DSLR can do and produce sharp, well saturated images. Shooting above ISO 800 will produce unacceptable noise, but this is a feature common to the micro 4/3 format.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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