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

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

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
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Panasonic DMC-G3 Overview

  • 1Description

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.)
In the Box
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 saxafruezeae
  • 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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-G3 Specs

    Pixels 16.0 Megapixel
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Focus Mode Single-Servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x
    Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +4.0 m
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
    Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Kit Lens
    Angle of View 75 to 29
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" / 24.89 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.19x
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.2 x 1.9" / 5.6 x 4.8 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.7 x 6.3"

    Panasonic DMC-G3 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-G3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 Lens (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 116.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this camera. i purchased the G3as a replacement for a trusty canon G 10 which was stolen. With the kit lens I found myself unsatisfied. I then read the reviews on the 20mm 1.7 and decided to give it a try. I have not put it down since. Image quality is fantastic size is just about right and the touch screen and menus are a breeze once you get used to them. Why it wont replace my Canon 7D I take this camera everywhere get shots I would have lost leaving the 7D home (because of is size). Additionally, unless I'm printing larger then 11 x 14 or doing some major cropping I don't see a large drop off in image quality from the 7D.
    Date published: 2011-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the DMC-G3 Have used the Lumix FZ-7; FZ-18 and latest FZ-35. Had to drop to 3MP to get any reach for bird photography. Looked at the latest super zoom compacts but the cost didn't seem worth the small increase in reach. Have been following the Lumix G series but cost was too much for me. But the new DMC-G3 made the size, 16MP and cost well worth the extra money. Intelligent Auto does it all for you unless you want the challenge of your own settings. Also bought the 100-300 lens which is 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent at full 16MP. Digital zoom 2X drops to 8MP and doubles the reach. Camera and both lenses are so small you can carry them in cargo shorts. The 4/3 camera and lenses is my way to go.
    Date published: 2011-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mirrorless camera After extensive research, I choose the G3 as my entry into the world of mirrorless cameras. I currently shoot with a Canon T2i with a collection of 4 lenses, including my favorite, the Canon 70-200 F4 IS. I wanted smaller, lighter, and something less noticeable and intrusive. I replaced the 14-42mm kit lens with the older 14-45mm. So far I have been extremely happy with this camera and its performance. The touch screen was not a factor in my purchase, but it has been easy and convenient to use. Sharpness out of the camera has been excellent, at times requiring no PP in Lightroom. The only feature that has not impressed me so far is the EVF. In another month or two, the Canon gear goes to one of my daughters.
    Date published: 2011-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow what a camera. I own the GF1, and this is my upgrade from that body. I read the reviews about the G3 and the GX1, and realized that I really wanted the built in viewfinder and the flip out screen. Being able to use the flip out LCD screen to focus by just touching the subject (in my case birds at rest) has resulted in a great many keepers. It doesn't matter where they are, just touch the screen and it will not take the picture unless the subject is in focus. This camera isn't any bigger than my GF1 when I used the attached EVF, but with the EVF being built in, I can also attach a flash unit to the camera. The touch screen has done away with my need for a cable release for most of the time. Focus has been dead on. Really happy with this purchase.
    Date published: 2012-01-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, light, good image quality The G3 is a very nice camera. It is small and light for a system camera, but not too small to be a useful photographic tool. The IQ is good, much better than a compact P&S camera especially at high ISO. The interface is good with enough buttons and dials to ensure you can get to everything you will need fairly quickly. The rear LCD is nice as is the EVF. The only negative is short battery life. The battery lasts about as long as a P&S, much less battery life than an SLR.
    Date published: 2011-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Regrets with this Camera I agonized over what camera to buy when moving from a superzoom. I checked on every entry-level DSLR and kept coming back to the G3. It offers the right blend of size/performance/features. The photos are great and the camera is a joy to use. The biggest pluses are the camera's clear, high ISO output, the clear viewfinder, and its small size. The biggest negatives are the manual and the battery life (it could be better, compared to a DSLR). Order an extra battery and it won't be an issue. The kit lens is ok, but you'll soon want more flexibility. I quickly added the 45-200mm and the 20mm.
    Date published: 2012-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you feel like a real photographer This camera takes excellent photos even if you don't know how to use it beyond the Intelligent Auto function, but it's so good that it makes you want to learn more about how to control your own photographs--and it makes it easy enough to do so. Sometimes it can be hard to get the Auto Focus to focus exactly how you want it to, but there is a manual focus and there are many different settings for the Auto Focus to help you get the picture you want. I did receive this product as a gift, but for my purposes (a blogger who needs to produce excellent photographs of food, knitting, and children) it is perfect.
    Date published: 2011-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from POWER IN A SMALL PACKAGE I purchased this camera because I found I never carried my DSLR anywhere due to size so I was missing photography opportunities. My main interest is in wildlife/birding photography with Panasonic 100-300 OIS and general family/pet photography with Panasonic 20mm. This is a great camera for portability, reach and is right up there with focusing speed, etc. So far I have nothing to complain about and I find myself taking the camera when I usually would have left a DSLR behind. Results have been excellent so far.
    Date published: 2011-09-14
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