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.
However, 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.
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)
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
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
File Format:JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD
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