Ilse Jurriën : June 13th 2011 - 13:50 CET
|Panasonic Lumix GF3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 system camera : A new system camera has been introduced by Panasonic. The mirror-free Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is the smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera from Panasonic with a built-in flash. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 body size is comparable to that of a smartphone and weights less than a standard cup of coffee, just 7.83oz (body only). The Panasonic Lumix GF3 system camera incorporates all the camera features desired from a traditional DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes them in an ultra-compact body that is lightweight and simple to master. |
Panasonic Lumix GF3 photo & video
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 camera produces high-quality pictures with crystal clear details, thanks to excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction; high-grade lens options; and extremely precise Auto Focus (AF). Plus, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 system camera creates the right balance between resolution and noise reduction, resulting in life-like images with accurate auto exposure and white balance, creating rich colors. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 digital camera is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard of lenses, which includes Panasonic’s 3D lens, thus the Panasonic Lumix GF3 system camera not only provides outstanding still photos, full-High Definition 1080/60i video, but is also capable of shooting 3D still photos.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 camera body
Thanks to a new mount, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 system camera is approximately 16.7% smaller and 16.2% lighter than its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GF2. Despite its small size and unlike many compact system cameras in this class, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 camera still maintains a built-in flash and features a new pop-up mechanism that helps prevent the vignetting effect due to short distances between the flash unit and the interchangeable lens. The newly-designed aluminum body of the Panasonic Lumix GF3 incorporates an ergonomic grip, and a well-designed control dial combined with a 3-inch touch enabled screen, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 image processor
Taking a page from the renowned Panasonic Lumix GH2‘s image quality, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 boasts full sized DSLR like Image quality thanks the same Venus Engine FHD image processor. The Venus Engine FHD image processor makes impressive low noise images from its 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 AF system
The Panasonic Lumix GF3 system camera features a high-speed and extremely precise Contrast AF system that locks in approximately 0.18 seconds. Taking further advantage of Contrast AF, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 camera incorporates full-area focusing which makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field- of-view. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 also features Light Speed AF, an extremely fast AF which measures at approximately 0.1 seconds, which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the sensors drive speed to 120 fps.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 touchscreen
At the heart of the Panasonic Lumix GF3’s simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch touch enabled LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions similar to those on some touch-enabled smartphones. Users can also release the shutter using the touch-screen. Once locked onto a subject, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 tracks the subject with the AF Tracking feature and another touch allows the user to select the size of the AF area.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 video
The Panasonic Lumix GF3 system camera records 1920 x 1080 full-HD video in the AVCHD format, which features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A dedicated video record button on the top lets users instantly start recording video, without having to hassle with any menu settings. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 camera allows for Touch AF in video recording, enabling professional-like features, such as rack focusing. For instance, by touching the subject on the screen, the focus is shifted to the subject.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 accessories
The Panasonic Lumix GF3, like all the compact system cameras in the Lumix G Series of digital cameras, is compatible with other Micro Four Thirds lenses and the full sized Four Thirds System standard via an optional mount adaptor. Other accessories available to the Panasonic Lumix G Series include external flashes, PL and ND filters, leather cases, straps, and more.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 price & availability
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 will be available in black, white, red and brown bodies for a suggested retail prices of $699.99 with the 14mm lens kit system starting in July 2011, and $599.99 with the 14-42mm lens kit system starting in late August 2011.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix GF3 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Panasonic Lumix GF3 review.