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PanasonicLumix DMC-G3 Digital Camera Kit (White)
 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good camera for great price.

            By AL

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            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

            Verified Buyer

            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.

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              • 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
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              • 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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