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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Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video

Panasonic G3 screensThere is no change in the G3’s viewfinder or LCD screen from the previous GH2 or G2. The electronic viewfinder is a 1.44-million-dot equivalent that offers a 100% view and is of a very high quality. I found myself using the viewfinder a lot as the 3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen tends to show up fingerprint marks in bright conditions, even with the brightness turned right up.

Video capture has been improved from the G2, and the G3’s sensor can now output 1980×1080 25p video, which is saved as 1980×1080 50i AVCHD footage. Almost as important as the improved video capture is the fact that the G3 has the ability to perform AF tracking. Using AF tracking and continuous AF when recording video footage worked surprisingly well. The focusing movements are very smooth.

Audio is now recorded in stereo, as it is on the GH2, whereas the G2 only captured mono sound. The audio is also boosted by Dolby Stereo Creator, helping reduce extraneous noise and creating a dynamic stereo effect.

  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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