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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 462 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the screen and image quality are generally positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the flash and shutter, and views about the exposure and sensor are different.

responsiveness, portability, performance, image quality, screen

battery, features, shutter, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3


The G3 heralds the start of Panasonic's third generation of mirrorless cameras. In some respects it's a refinement of previous models; its electronic viewfinder and hinged rear display screen are identical to the G1 and G2, for example. However, behind...

Very good image quality with impressive high ISO performance ; Well-implemented touchscreen interface ; Fast-focusing AF system (for its class) ; Improved skin tone rendering ; AF point can be positioned along the edge of the frame ; Touch AF can be...

Poor JPEG rendering at high ISOs ; Lacks a dedicated AF/AE lock button ; No eye sensor to switch between viewfinder and LCD ; No external mic input ; Small grip makes hand-held use of larger lenses awkward ; Flush design of DISP. button makes it hard...

The G3 is a camera that is easy to use and produces excellent image quality - a step up from previous G-series models. Its overall handling and touchscreen interface have distinct appeal for users moving up from a point-and-shoot. Yet it offers the...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (Body Only, Black)


Succeeding the G2, the Lumix DMC-G3 is substantially smaller, but still pretty large to be considered a compact alternative to a dSLR. In fact, although I like the G3 very much--it's got great photo quality, solid performance, a comfortable shooting...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 delivers great photo quality and useful features like an articulated LCD and extended bracketing in a comfortable--if somewhat big--shooting design

While not bad, its performance is in the middle of the pack, and the battery doesn't last long enough

If you're looking for a camera that's not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn't skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my top options. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting...

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Panasonic G3 Digital Camera Review


The G3 is yet another step by Panasonic in their attempts to bring the Micro to the whole of their Micro Four-Thirds line, shrinking yet another G-series camera down by a significant margin. The Panasonic G3 offers a compact metal body, 16-megapixel...

The Panasonic G3 represents another step forward for the company’s line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, with a new sensor design that pushes the format in the key areas its other models have been falling behind Sony's NEX offerings: high ISO performance...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Preview


For 2011, Panasonic has released their new Lumix DMC-G3, the latest addition to their popular G-series of compact, yet powerful digital cameras (as of 5/2011). This EVIL camera uses the popular Micro 4/3, interchangeable lens mount system, which offers...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

The most important spec on the G3, in terms of video performance, is the fact that the camera can record 1920 ? 1080 video?which is something its predecessor, the Panasonic G2, could not do. With this bump in recording resolution, we expected to see a...

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Panasonic DMC-G3


Incorporating a faster Venus Engine FHD processor, the Panasonic G3 has blazing fast autofocus, another impressive feature that makes using the G3 feel just like an SLR. Indeed, the Panasonic G3 feels more like an SLR than most any other compact system...

Very small size, tight build ; Soft curves make camera pleasant to hold ; No D-Rings to make noise in videos ; Tilt-swivel 460K-dot LCD ; Touchscreen controls for autofocus and zoom controls ; High-res electronic viewfinder ; Good quality,...

Intelligent Auto button is too easily activated by accident ; Record button difficult to activate ; Movie recording is slow to start and stop ; Many menu options can be overwhelming ; Buttons are very small ; Below average battery life ; Burst mode...

Sensor. At the heart of the Panasonic G3 is a newly developed, 4:3 aspect ratio Live MOS image sensor that yields 15.8 megapixel images, from a 16.0 effective megapixel sensor. Compared to the 12 megapixel chip from the G2, the new imager not only has...

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Camera Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 ILC


When it was announced, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF3 was billed as the smallest Interchangeable Lens Compact (ILC) on the market. Of course, Pentax swooped in with its Q model and took that title away, and Sony's new NEX-5N is about 8mm shorter than this...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 - Stellar Photographs (Updated!)


The Panasonic Lumix G3 sports a new 16.6-megapixel sensor and a redesigned body, and delivers some of the best pictures from Micro Four Thirds yet. Check out how else it does in our review.

Good image performanceUsable images up to ISO1600-3200Fast and accurate AF

No eye sensor for automatic switching between LCD and EVFLow battery life

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Panasonic DMC-G3


Panasonic went ahead and added Full HD 1080p recording capability to its new Lumix G3, which is one of the few features on the new camera that represents a huge improvement over last year's Lumix G2. The manual controls in video mode are still limited,...

The most important spec on the G3, in terms of video performance, is the fact that the camera can record 1920 × 1080 video—which is something its predecessor, the Panasonic G2, could not do. With this bump in recording resolution, we expected to see a...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3


The G3 is yet another attempt by Panasonic to bring the Micro to the whole of their Micro Four-Thirds line.

The Panasonic G3 really went after the entry-level gold.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen:No / Yes
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm / Unknown
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Panasonic DMW-BLB13
Battery Type:Panasonic DMW-BLB13


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes