Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Released June, 2011
  • 12 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
But the colors are pleasing overall, the tonal reproduction looks good-save some clipping in bright highlights-and you can always shoot raw (or try the Neutral Photo Style) for better accuracy.
by c|net (Jul, 2011)
8.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GF3
7.8
Pen E-P5
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GF3
6.9
Pen E-P5
8.0
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GF3
8.3
Pen E-P5
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GF3
8.9
Pen E-P5
9.3
Reviews from photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GF3
8.3
Pen E-P5
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-GF3
459 ISO
Pen E-P5
895 ISO
Rebel T4i
722 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GF3
2,400 LPH
Nikon 1 J3
2,000 LPH
Lumix DMC-GF6
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF3
312 ms
Pen E-P5
196 ms
Lumix DMC-G6
216 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-GF3
81 ms
PEN E-P3
60 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GF3
1,900 ms
Rebel T4i
700 ms
Lumix DMC-GF6
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF3
3.8 fps
Pen E-P5
9 fps
Lumix DMC-G6
7 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


7.1
The cumulative exposure value is set by the camera, regardless of the exact combination of shutter speed, ISO and aperture that appear on the screen before you start recording.

8.0
Conversely, the GF3 is a real street shooter's delight when paired with the 14mm or 20mm prime lenses, looking to all intents and purposes like an unthreatening compact, aided greatly by the even faster auto-focus system.

7.7
It delivers solid center sharpness and the GF3's JPEG algorithm doesn't oversharpen, so you get a nice naturally sharp feel to the images.

Overall

7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

A natural addition to your GF3 kit would be the 20mm pancake lens, which provides a 40mm focal length and an even faster maximum aperture of f/1..
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
Whilst still not as charismatic as the retro Olympus Pen models, the GF3 is a handsomely futuristic camera with more of an obviously electronic feel to it, and is also extremely well-built despite its mid-range price-point, with a high quality aluminum body, lens mount and tripod socket.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
Using telephoto lenses like the 45-200mm is a tricky affair when holding the GF3 at arm's length, and even the 14-42mm kit lens is less than ideal when fully zoomed.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)

Sensor

With a pancake lens like Panasonic’s own 14mm f/2.5 fitted, the GF3 is about the same size as a typical fixed-lens compact camera, even though it boasts a much bigger sensor.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
Because of the lack of a codec for Adobe Camera Raw, I was unable to make any raw quality comparisons or judgments.
by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Like the rest of Panasonic's current generation of G-series cameras, the GF3's noise profile and JPEG processing is much better than before and it does a nice job on midrange ISO sensitivities (ISO 400-ISO 800).
by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Image quality

The result is very good photo quality that borders just enough on excellent to push the rating over to that side.
by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3's Intelligent Resolution feature identifies outlines, texture areas and soft gradation areas of the image and then automatically optimizes the edges and detailed texture areas while using noise reduction to make the soft gradation areas smoother.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
Here, we're comparing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3's noise performance with its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and two of its closest competitors, the Sony NEX-C3 and Canon EOS 1100D, with all cameras at their default noise reduction settings.
by DPReview (Aug, 2011)

Screen

Supplementing the larger and more complex GF2 model, the new Panasonic GF3 features a FourThirds sized 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, built-in pop-up flash and a 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
The touch-screen LCD gets hard to view in direct sunlight.
by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Panasonic has developed perhaps the finest touchscreen interface we've encountered and we don't imagine even first-time touchscreen users having much of a problem using the GF3.
by DPReview (Aug, 2011)

Flash

The mechanical button for the pop-up flash has also been retained, although its position changed somewhat along with that of the flash itself.
by Photography Blog (Jul, 2011)
The built-in flash has been repositioned to sit directly above the lens mount, occupying the spot previously reserved for the now-discarded hotshoe and EVF port.
by DPReview (Aug, 2011)
We've already mentioned the GF3's vulnerability to lens barrel shadow in wideangle flash shots, but more fundamentally, not having the option of adding an external flash is potentially very limiting in situations where the puny built-in unit simply doesn't have enough power to ensure accurate exposure.
by DPReview (Aug, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 18.7 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Cross type focus points 0
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm
Thickness 32.5 mm
Weight 264 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.8 fps
Battery life 320 photos
Continuous shooting 3.8 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 312 ms
Shutter lag 81 ms
Startup delay 1,900 ms
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