With the launch of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3, the company’s smallest interchangeable-lens camera just got even more compact and lighter while maintaining a strong set of features. Surely there has to be compromises?
Most of the changes between the GF1, GF2 and now the GF3 have been functional, rather than to imaging sensor. As such, there is little change to how the GF3 performs when it comes to the dynamic range.
At the time of writing, the official information was not available, but from viewing my images and knowing that the GF2 has a dynamic range of 10.3EV (www.dxomark.com), here the GF3 falls a little short. Even on a bright sunny day where the landscape is exposed to strong sunlight, the detail in the white of clouds is often washed out.
There is an option to autobracket, which can go some way to helping in high-contrast scenes. However, this is worked on a consecutive exposure basis, and with no option for a self-timer mode to keep the camera steady.
What’s more, the autobracket is not user defined. There is a choice of four settings, two at 1⁄3EV increments and two at 2⁄3EV increments, over three or five exposures. Because there is a gap between exposures, any movement such as fast moving clouds will mean exposure blending is difficult.
Finally, shading comp is designed to combat the effect of vignetting, and brightens the frame edge detail.