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?

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review


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Olympus’s E-PM1 is the company’s smallest micro four thirds camera to date, aiming for the same buyers as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. We have not tested the E-PM1, but the specification suggests there is little to choose between it and the GF3. However, the E-PM1 does feature a hotshoe.

The Pentax Q system may be the smallest interchangeable-lens camera system, but its significantly smaller imaging sensor means that the system has more in common with a compact camera and will probably fall short of the GF3.

Sony has recently released the replacement for its smallest CSC camera in the form of the NEX-C3. It has a larger APS-C imaging sensor than the GF3 and a hotshoe port to mount an external viewfinder or flash, but instead of a built-in flash an external flash is included. We find its handling a little tricky, especially for those wanting to use manual controls.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. LCD, viewfinder and video
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. 25mm f/1.4 lens
  11. 11. Competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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