Summary Panasonic DMC-G3

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
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Among similar cameras
#n/a of 38
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 15.8 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Panasonic has replaced the Lumix DMC-G3 with the DMC-G5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 announced July 2012
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
HDR Has in-camera HDR

Compare the new Panasonic DMC-G5 vs the DMC-G3

reviewsWhat are people saying about the DMC-G3

"For someone considering a camera to improve upon compact digital image quality, the mirrorless interchangeable lens genre is a slam dunk." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Otherwise, control placement seems logical and Panasonic has arranged them so as to present little potential for inadvertent activations" | talking about the camera's button-layout
"Video quality out of the G3 was quite good overall - among the best I've seen out of a still camera with a video component." | talking about the camera's video-quality


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The Panasonic DMC-G3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Panasonic DMC-G3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
667 ISO
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.6 EV
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
270 shots
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
293 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
21 bits
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.8 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Announced Old Help
May 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
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Abcd (10:20 AM, February 25, 2012)
There's an important nuance that was missed here: Panasonic doesn't have image stabilization in its BODY, but rather has chosen to implement this in the LENSES. Each method has its own advantage, but that doesn't mean the G3 doesn't have OIS.
Svitekphotography (1:38 AM, October 22, 2011)
Yes, it does have a huge EV range, but the HDR portion referes to the automatic concept... it can't do automatic HDR shots, so its more of a minor nuisance to any photographer, having to manually set the functions in order to capture different contrast areas in one shot and then putting them together on a computer...

I hope the next model will have HDR... getting sick of manual retouches, actually.
Wishbone (10:21 AM, October 16, 2011)
Cons includes HDR functionality ? This has better EV range for HDR photography than pretty much everything other than the most expensive Canon models.