With its 15.8-million-pixel sensor, improved AF system and a smaller body than its predecessor, the Panasonic G3 could be the upgrade that micro four thirds users have been waiting for. Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review finds out more...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review


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Panasonic G2

Despite the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 being an updated version of the G2, Panasonic has stated that, at least for now, it won’t replace the older camera in its line-up.

Instead, the G10 has been discontinued, and the G2, for now, will be Panasonic’s entry-level camera.

Despite the G2 having only a 12-million-pixel sensor and a slower AF system, it has many of the G3’s other features and should now be seen as something of a bargain. At around £430 including kit lens, the G2 is £190 cheaper than the G3.

Samsung NX11However, those who like the DSLR style but would prefer a larger APS-C sensor should take a look at the Samsung NX11.

This camera has a 14-million-pixel APS-C-size sensor and can be found for around £510 including 18-55mm kit lens.







External mic:No
Dioptre Adjustment:±4
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 10.5m @ ISO 160 (8.75m @ ISO 100)
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:EVF with 1,533,600 dots equivalent
Output Size:4608x3456 pixels (15.8 million pixels)
LCD:3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen LCD
Field of View:100% on LCD
AF Points:23-area and touch focus anywhere in the frame
Sensor:16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
White Balance Bracket:3 frames
Focal Length Mag:2x
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 17 scene modes
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1/3 steps
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote release
Metering System:144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
DoF Preview:Yes, with shutter speed simulation
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:4fps for 7 frames in raw, or unlimited JPEGs. 20fps at a reduced 4 million pixel resolution
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec
File Format:JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion
Weight:336g (body only)
Lens Mount:Micro four thirds
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area-focusing, pinpoint, touch
Tested as:Compact system camera
Video:Full 1920×1080, 60i AVCHD, 1280x720, 30fps MJPEG
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. Competition
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