General

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
"For someone considering a camera to improve upon compact digital image quality, the mirrorless interchangeable lens genre is a slam dunk."
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Brand
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Panasonic
Lowest price
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$795.00
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Announced
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May 2011
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Sensor

"Default images out of the G3 are very good with regard to color fidelity and sharpness"
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Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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2.1x
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Megapixels
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15.8 MP
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Light sensitivity
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6,400 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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Unknown
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
True resolution
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15.8 MP
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Native resolution
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4592 × 3448
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Pixel size
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14.2 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
Resolution
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460k dots
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Touch screen
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Yes
Flips out
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Yes
Live view
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Yes

Lenses

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
Lens availability
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108 lenses
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Lens mount
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Micro Four Thirds

Form factor

"Otherwise, control placement seems logical and Panasonic has arranged them so as to present little potential for inadvertent activations"
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Size
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115×84×47 mm
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Depth
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1.9"
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Weight
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336 g
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Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
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Built-in focus motor
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No

Viewfinder

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
Type
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Digital
Viewfinder size
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Unknown
Coverage
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Unknown

Movies

"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."
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Format
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1080p @ 30fps
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Supports 24p
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No
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High-speed framerate
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None
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External mic jack
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No
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Autofocus
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Contrast detection
Continuous focus
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Yes
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All formats
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  1. 320 x 240 @ 30fps
  2. 480p @ 30fps
  3. 720p @ 30fps
  4. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
Panorama
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No
HDR
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No
3D
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Yes
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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1400 ms
Shutter lag
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293 ms
Battery life
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270 shots
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Continuous shooting
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4 fps
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Focus system

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
Autofocus
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Contrast detection
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Focus points
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23
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Cross type focus points
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0

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
Min
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60s
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Flash

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
Built-in flash
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Yes
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Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. SD
  2. SDHC
  3. SDXC

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent mirrorless cameras
"It still seems to fall a little short of the newest generation DSLRs"
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Image quality
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56.0
Color depth
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21 bits
Dynamic range
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10.6 EV
Low light performance
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667 ISO