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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera

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MILC 12.1MP 2x Aug 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
The DMC-GF3, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, achieves downsizing by approx. 16.7% in size and 16.2% in weight compared with the DMC-GF2 to break the record of being the world 's... More
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39 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

This Panasonic digital camera received a "Recommended" from Camera Labs, Digitallife.se, M3.idg.se and Gagadget.com all of whom decided that this camera was good.

Furthermore, this Panasonic digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine and it received an IT Reviews.com "Best Buy" award. This camera also received a "Platinum" award from Buy-n-shoot.com.

Furthermore, this Panasonic digital camera received a Fotovideo.nu "Bronze" award and the editor of Photoreview.com.au decided that it was brilliant and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

The editor of one more expert review site wrote that this camera was good. Magnus.de gave this Panasonic camera a "Buying Tip" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Panasonic digital camera is 80% based on fifty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, CNET.com and Ephotozine.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, Lumix DMC-GF3 owners rated this camera 89 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owners considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 was able to produce good images. A. Armogida mentioned “For me it works very well, I just hit the iA button when I pass it to my partner or daughter and they take great pictures with it too” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Crazy_chick said on Amazon “Picture quality is excellent and with the ability to take several shots at once, I would recommend a large memory card with is rated as fast”. Crazy_chick also mentioned “With a good photo editor program on your computer it is very easy to crop pictures so that you can print off a nice 4"x6" photo on your printer”.

A few people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good in low light. Nutwoodwanderer wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 on Amazon four years ago “In the shop, this seemed to perform effortlessly in low light” although they only gave it a score of 2 stars.

Two Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewers mentioned that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 had a good ISO range. Nutwoodwanderer said on Amazon “Trying to achieve the same by adjusting the aperture wasn't as effective and the ISO settings only made bit of a difference”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution.

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Good Video Capture

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owners agreed that it was good for video recording. Lmd Burrell wrote on Amazon “Then bought a Sony Cyber Shot with 20X zoom! The camera itself took good pictures and videos to a memory card (not supplied)” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Five years ago Mr. D Field gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Video As seems to be the norm with any camera right now, by the click of a button the camera becomes a video camera shooting VERY good 1080p video”. Mr. D Field also wrote “The camera uses either MP4 format or AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) video”.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. Alan Ross wrote on Amazon four years ago “Love the 14mm pancake lens which is very sharp”. Crazy_chick said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The Zoom lens is very nice”. Hauki mentioned on Amazon “The Panasonic GF3 with the 14mm lens is a very compact camera able to produce superb quality images” in their review.

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good autofocus. J. Morris wrote on Amazon “This is a very nice touch that allows you to focus properly, despite the lack of a viewfinder”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned “Performance as found in the Lumix G3 model the GF3 ups the Compact System Camera ante by offering a super-fast autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review five years ago “High speed focusing, fast continuous shooting”.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Mr. D Field mentioned on Amazon “The control over the zoom is very fine” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

Some people who bought it thought it was easy to use. Alan Ross wrote in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 “Nice little camera which goes everywhere with me (unlike the bulky DSLR) and allows me good control of the shots”. Crazy_chick wrote “Do remember to remove the protective hood if you are going to use the flash as it will cast a shadow in your pictures if you do not do so”. Mr Steve said four years ago “Great Photo's & Easy to Use” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review.

A number of customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Five years ago Hauki said on Amazon “The menus are very user friendly and combined with the touch screen makes programming and changing settings quick and easy, Focusing is very quick” in their review of this digital camera. J. Morris wrote on Amazon “All settings can be tweeked manually with the quick menu and has full ISO settings” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and rated it 5 stars. Mr. D Field gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Puts in into a situation where the camera chooses the best settings for you that the camera can determine” in their review.

One customer said that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 was comfortable and easy to hold. Twasme said on Amazon “It also feels quite comfortable with smaller zoom lenses.” and scored it 4 stars.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewer said that it had a good interface. Five years ago Mr. D Field rated this digital camera as excellent and wrote “Thankfully for every touch interface option Panasonic have made the sensible option to also use the buttons on the camera as well” in their review.

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Robust

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Mr. D Field rated it as excellent and said “It has a built in flash as well”. Tony mentioned “Unlike the very poor, yet pricey Camcorder i had looked into, this was immediately distinguished by its build quality-good slightly weighty feel, giving it a reassuring feel”. Five years ago Zoom wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review “An excellent camera with the exception of the cover for the various sockets, which is flimsy rubber rather than the solid metal flap used on previous models”.

Several people who reviewed the product agreed that it was strong and durable. A. Armogida gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “Is sturdy enough to take a good photo” in their review of this digital camera. J. Morris mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review on Amazon “The build is sturdy, if a little lens-heavy” and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Six Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. C. Lux said in their review of this digital camera “This is a really great camera, easy to use, beautiful photos” but despite that they only gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 a rating of 60 out of 100. M. Kelly wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 on Amazon “And what a combination! Images are beautifully crisp and clear, with exceptionally high IQ”. Nutwoodwanderer wrote on Amazon “Yes, there were lots of pluses - the interface seemed pretty intuitive and easy to find things” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 but despite that they only scored the product 40 out of 100.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Five years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 “For all its benefits, including its fast autofocus system and small, highly portable design”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was neat. J. Morris said “The lens comes with a hood & a branded-carry-belt that attaches neatly to the sides” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review and gave the product a very good review score.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was luxurious. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “Extremely compact and luxurious, takes gorgeous photos”.

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Good Size

A few people who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reckoned that it was compact. A. Armogida said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I didn't want a compact point & shoot because I didn't want to compromise on quality.”. A. Armogida also mentioned “The camera with this lens is compact enough not to be a nuisance”. Four years ago Alan Ross said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Nice compact camera”.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was a good weight. Mr. D Field mentioned on Amazon “Taking the camera out of the box to it, there is a nice feel of weight to it considering its size” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago expert website Thestar.com.my said “The design, size and weight makes the camera easy to use for everyday shooting”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owner said in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Itreviews.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site IT Reviews.com five years ago “If you're ready to make that leap from compact digital cameras to the bigger league, then the compact and lightweight Lumix DMC-GF3 with its extremely impressive images”.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was a good depth. A. Armogida rated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 as excellent and wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “I like the depth of field and have used it for filming videos also”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reviewers who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reckoned that it was good quality. Andrei wrote on Amazon “Small and strong with picture quality”. Andrei also wrote “It's strong sides are its image quality for the size (when coupled with a winning lens)”. Art Lover wrote in his review of this digital camera “Great Quality in a Pocket”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was mirrorless. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “All of these cameras fit into the mirrorless compact system camera category”. Expert website T3.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “The third generation Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is its most compact mirror-less interchangeable lens camera” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Expert website Gizmodo.com mentioned “Mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras—even affordable ones—are getting really, really good” in their review of this digital camera.

A few customers who reviewed the product said that it had a good screen. C. Lux said on Amazon “Without the use of the screen it's useless”. Mr. D Field wrote on Amazon “The Touch screen seems responsive enough”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owner reckoned that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. R. P. J. White said “The only thing I miss is a view finder”.

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Good Flash

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good flash. Nutwoodwanderer said four years ago “This only worked when I could get close enough for the flash to be effective - it's not a very powerful flash”. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is currently the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera with built in flash” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Digital Versus five years ago “The built-in flash has taken its place above the lens”.

Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 7,428 owner and expert reviews for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its MILC cameras range.

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Good Support

A few people who purchased it said that it had good technical guidance. Geoffrey Ellis scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 5 stars and he mentioned in his review “Good lenses albeit in manual”. Mr. D Field wrote “The lens which came with the camera is a manual zoom sense which i love”. Expert website Smarthouse.com.au mentioned in their review five years ago “Key Features * 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor * 3in, 460k-dot touch-screen LCD * Super-fast AF system * 1080i Full HD movie recording * Full manual controlBarely two years have elapsed since Panasonic” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Good Battery Life

Two people who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 reckoned that it had a good battery life. Alan Ross mentioned on Amazon “Battery life is very good”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 owner wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Twasme rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review five years ago “Their previous cameras had discernible luminance noise when viewed full scale, which seems to be absent here”.

Good Technical Features

Some people considered that the product had good features. Ephotozine.com said in their review on expert review site Ephotozine “Now features a more compact battery”. Four years ago expert review site Evogadget.com mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review “The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W is a pretty decent camera, with good specifications and features”.

3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-GF3 is 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3 are not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99).

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3 which do not support video recording, the Lumix DMC-GF3 supports video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-GF3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-GF3, the Lumix DMC-GF3 supports Full HD video.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Pen E-PL5 ($61.99), or the Pen E-PL5 ($61.99) both from Olympus which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 0.018m to 0.3m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.18 meters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of cameras of this type and age range from 0.25s to 240s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the longer maximum camera shutter speeds amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this Panasonic digital camera. The photo effects Black&White, Sepia and Skin tones are also found on this camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Lumix DMC-GF3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-GF3. The ISO speeds "160", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "6400" are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Has Four Image Editing Modes

The Lumix DMC-GF3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-GF3. The image editing modes "Crop", "Resizing" and "Trimming" are also found on this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240|640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on cameras of this age and type. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras that came out more than two years ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3. The auto focus "Face tracking" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 107.7 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is quite narrow compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-GF3 the widths range from 98mm to 170mm, and the average width is 120mm.

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Very Thin

The depths of cameras of this type and age range from 22mm to 95mm. With a depth of only 32.5 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-GF3 is one of the thinner MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3 amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

Cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-GF3 have flash sync-speeds of between 0.005s and 4s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.85s. The Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds (only 0.00625 seconds) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 14 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average minimum focal length of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 27mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-GF3 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99).

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lumix DMC-GF3 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Samsung NX300 ($657.68), or the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Lumix DMC-GF3 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Waterproof

Most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3 are not waterproof. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the megapixel counts range from 2.3MP to 46MP. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95) (14.2MP).

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of digital cameras of this age and spec is 110mm. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 42 millimeters) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-GF3. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Panasonic camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3. The shooting modes "Auto", "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 13.06 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Cameras that came out more than two years ago have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP.

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Only 2048 X 1536 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-GF3 has a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 2816 x 1880 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolutions of 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1360, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 2112, 2992 x 2992, 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672 and 4000 x 3000. Across all similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-GF3 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

This digital camera's image resolution (4000 x 3000 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution across all cameras of this spec and age.

A 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3 have battery capacities of between 680mAh and 4,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,300mAh. At only 940 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-GF3 have maximum apertures of between 1 and 36, and the average maximum aperture is 16. With a maximum aperture of only 5.6, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-GF3 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-GF3 is 750,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the Lumix DMC-GF3 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the cameras that have been around for more than two years the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 25,000. At only 6,400, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF3.

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Very Heavy

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-GF3 have weights of between 0.16kg and 270kg, and the average weight is 38kg. With a weight of 264 kilograms, the Lumix DMC-GF3's weight is one of the heaviest amongst MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-GF3 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung NX300 ($657.68) (3.31").

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This MILC digital camera was released over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-GF3.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Alpha A5100 ($398.00) (8x), or the NEX-5 ($610.99) (10x) both from Sony.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 264 grams, the Lumix DMC-GF3 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PC Connectivity
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
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Expert Reviews

(97)
6 December 2012

The Panasonic GF3 is sheik, light, but still feels solid. The Panasonic GF3 brings the Micro Four Thirds camp a new definition of small. Micro Four Thirds cameras use large CMOS sensors much... Read more…

1 June 2012

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W is a pretty decent camera, with good specifications and features. At the end of this test we consider that this camera a good choice if you want to buy a Micro...

4 January 2012

You're ready for a camera upgrade. You've outgrown the best point-and-shoot cameras, but a DSLR is a little excessive. Luckily for you, there's a middle ground. Mirrorless, interchangeable lens... Read more…

If this is the way it?s going, I?m all for it: smaller, interchangeable lens cameras, with decently-sized sensors and sophisticated image processing internals.Panasonic and Sony seem to be waging... Read more…

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User Reviews

(61)
Reviewed 2 November 2011 by Tony

I am a professional photographer but wanted a small and compact high quality camera that could shoot HD video. I saw this absolute bargain at J Lewis in Kingston, while looking at another... Read more…

Reviewed 12 September 2011 by Twasme

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is, at the time of introduction, Pansonic's smallest Compact System Camera. It has a "micro four thirds" lens mount, so is compatible with lenses made for other Lumix G... Read more…

Reviewed 9 January 2012 by NutwoodWanderer

Bought this camera just before Xmas and took it on a 10 day holiday where I tested it extensively. I am not an expert - this is my first upgrade from a decent compact. I read all the reviews and... Read more…

Reviewed 14 December 2011 by Hauki

The Panasonic GF3 with the 14mm lens is a very compact camera able to produce superb quality images, the menus are very user friendly and combined with the touch screen makes programming and... Read more…

Reviewed 22 May 2012 by J. Morris
(Verified Purchase)

This is the GF-3 compact in the much-lauded Lumix range, this one includes the body and the vari-focal lens 14-42mm. For technical specifications; please see the product descriptions. I have to... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcgf3, DMC-S2V, dmcgf3w, dmcgf3x, dmcgf3k, dmcgf3c, dmcgf3xe, dmcgf3xr, dmcgf3ke, dmcgf3keg, DMC-GF2CS, dmcgf3xef, dmcgf3kegr, dmcgf3xefk, K-82754-01, dmcgf3xefr, K-82755-02, DMC-GF3CEB-R, panasonic 121, DMC-GF3W-BODY, panasonic 121m, panasonic 121mp, panasonic dmcgf3, panasonic dmcgf3r, panasonic dmcgf3w, panasonic dmcgf3c, panasonic dmcgf3x, panasonic dmcgf3k, panasonic dmcgf3ce, panasonic dmcgf3xt
Barcodes 00662425830886, 00662425830916, 00689466737172, 00689466737189, 00885170000000, 00885170033535, 00885170033634, 00885170051805, 00885170051812, 00885170051829, 00885170051836, 00885170061705, 00885170061712, 00885170061729, 00885170061736, 00885170061767, 00885170068988, 00885170069022, 04984824925595, 05025232637393, 05025232637409, 05025232637416, 05025232637447, 05025232637461, 05025232637478, 05025232637485, 05025232637522, 05025232637539, 05025232637546, 05025232637553

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