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 14
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
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the DMC-G3

"Default images out of the G3 are very good with regard to color fidelity and sharpness" | talking about the camera's image-quality
"AF acquisition time at 0.23 seconds." | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"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


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The Panasonic DMC-G3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
336 g
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Startup delay Incredible startup delay Help
1400 ms startup delay
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
293 ms shutter lag
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Panasonic DMC-G3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.8 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Announced Old Help
May 2011
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
4 fps
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
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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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.