Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3
A medium powerful camera
The latest camera from Panasonic, the Lumix DMC-G3, was a bit of a disappointment for loyal fans of the company’s products. This was due to the fact that its manufacturers decided to remove some of the direct control keys, simplify the handling and introduce a touchscreen control. Despite all of this, does this camera perform better than others in its class? We tested it and here is our review.
3.0″ LCD touchscreen
First off, let’s take a look at the device’s design. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is lighter and thinner than the G2 with its 4.5″ x 3.3″ x 1.8″ and 583g. The body looked and felt solid and the grip area made the camera very easy to handle and move around. As a con, the soft rubber texture on the front end has very little space for your thumb and this means that a finger may slip on a setting you wouldn’t want to use. The front houses a 14-42mm kit lens and an AF-assist lamp sits on the upper right corner; the rear comes with 3.0″ LCD touchscreen, a four-way navigator, a DISP. /Fn1 button, record button, rear dial, electronic viewfinder and playback. The display with its 460K dots has an articulating joint that helps users easily access controls and also shoot from unusual angles.
A lot of settings included
The touchscreen helped us, during our test for this review, do the following: snap a picture, make settings changes, control the new pinpoint focus mode. What is more, the intuitive and easy to use interface had a panel that could be used to control the playback zoom/pan function and switch between images. What we liked the most about the Lumix DMC-G3 was the fact that it offered more than one way to access and adjust whatever options we used the most; if we wanted to see the sensitivity settings, all we had to do was touch the Quick Menu or the shortcut key on the rear. The Quick Menu was very easy to use and navigate; it could also be customized. The mode dial that was absent from the GF2 is present on this model. It offered the possibility to set the device to the various advanced exposure modes.
Venus Engine VI FHD processor
The processor used by this gadget is the well-known Venus Engine VI FHD CPU that comes with improved performance, especially in the case of the autofocus speed. The electronic viewfinder has an improved switching speed, which translates into better color breakup resistance. The eye sensor will be confusing to people; this one detected movement when we held the device close to our eye and activated the EVF while shutting the main LCD. The Panasonic DMC-G3 sports 17 interesting functions.
Decent overall performance
Overall performance was decent. Photos were detailed, noise wasn’t visible and colors were nice (except those in the Standard Photo Style). Pictures taken between ISO 160-6400 looked good, but those at higher ISOs were somewhat soft and watercolor-like. As usual, raw stills looked much better. The Panasonic DMC-G3 camera doesn’t sport raw conversion software; what it does have is a SilkyPix one, which is not as good as the raw one. In dim lighting, the device provides well exposed stills. The Intelligent D-Range might be the gadget’s best feature, because it gives no increase in noise levels or color shift. Another very good option is the Advanced Intelligent Resolution, which enhanced details without artifacts in even-toned parts. Videos looked good.
As we near our review, all we can say is that, while the latest Lumix DMC-G3 might not be the best cameras out there, it certainly isn’t the worst.
|Sensor type||Live MOS 4 / 3|
|Sensor size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
|Number of pixels||16 million pixels|
|Resolution image||4:3: 1824 x 1368-4592 x 3448, 3:2: 1824 x 12160 to 4576 x 3056, 16:9: 1824 x 1024-4976 x 2800, 1:1 1712 x 1712-3424 x 3424|
|High Definition Compatibility||Yes, Full HD 1080i|
|Shutter speed||60 sec. to 1 / 4000; Bulb (up to approx. 2 min.)|
|Burst||2i / s at full resolution with Live View|
|Image Stabilizer||Depending on lens optical stabilization|
|Compatibility of optical||G Micro System Panasonic aims 4:3|
|Lens Aperture||f/3.5 – 5.6|
|Min focal length the lens in mm||14|
|Max focal length of lens in mm||42|
|Equivalent focal 24×36||From 28 to 84 mm|
|Minimum focusing.||30 cm|
|ISO||100 – 6400|
|Additional sensitivity||Intelligent ISO|
|Storage Media||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Image File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (with 3D view)|
|Other features first goal||Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups (1 aspherical lens), Bayonet Micro 4 / 3; Optical stabilization, angle: 75 ° – 29 °, 7 rounded diaphragm blades, open mini. : F/22; Max Magnification. : 0.16 x / 0.32 equivalent 35 mm Ø filter: 52 mm Dimensions: Ø x length. : 60 x 64 mm and weighs 165g.|
|Screen size||3 “|
|Viewfinder||LCD touch screen, and Adjustable Electronic viewfinder EVF 1.44 Mp|
|Flash||Auto, forced, switchable, Red-eye reduction, Slow Sync|
|External flash sync||Yes|
|Video Recording||Yes Full HD AVCHD format Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG|
|Audio Recording||Yes, in QuickTime|
|Interface (s)||USB 2.0, Video PAL & NTSC, HDMI 1.3 mini C Type|
|Battery life||Li-ion ID-Security (7.2 V, 1010 mAh) Battery life with Lumix 14-42 mm stabilized: approximately 270 images with LUMIX stabilized 45-200 mm: 250 images under CIPA standard|
|Software included on CD-ROM||PhotoFun Studio 6.2 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiLoScope (verse test), USB Driver|
|Dimensions (WxDxH) in mm||115 x 47 x 84 mm (body only)|
|Net weight in g||336 g|