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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 449 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the responsiveness and performance are generally positive. The lens and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the zoom. Many are negative about the contrast and viewfinder.

portability, usability, lens, performance, responsiveness

features, viewfinder, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W Review


Micro Four Thirds cameras have been around for some time now. This segment of cameras have been dominated mainly by the likes of Olympus and Panasonic. With the launch of a newer generation, these cameras have begun getting smaller in size and are...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W is available in India at a street price of Rs. 39,990. The camera does well in the features as well as design department. The performance of the camera is quite good as well, especially while capturing outdoor images. The...

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Panasonic GF3 Review


Panasonic GF3 Review - This real-world review of the Panasonic GF3 is for readers who can't stomach a 12-page review full of descriptions and technicalities.

It would be a mistake to consider the Panasonic GF3 as “just” a fancy compact camera as it can truly be a DSLR replacement for a lot of people, including me. To be fair, it also has the price of a DSLR, so it's normal that we expect the same level of...

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Panasonic GF3 Digital Camera Review


The GF3 is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera from Panasonic, eagerly shedding even more size to become the most diminutive member of the company's small interchangeable lens camera lineup. The camera follows in the footsteps of the GF2—curiously...

Comparing the GF3 to its predecessors is a bit like looking at one of those “history of man” posters in reverse. Where the GF1 features enthusiast-level amounts of control, physical dials, and customizable options, the GF2 and now GF3 feature...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


With the arrival of the GF3, Panasonic further solidifies the distinctions between its existing G-series lineup. The enthusiast-targeted rangefinder aesthetic heralded by the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 appears for the moment to have...

High quality (though aging) sensor capable of excellent raw file output ; JPEGs show slightly improved high ISO performance (compared to the GF2) ; Improved skin tone rendering in JPEGs (compared to the GF2) ; Well-implemented touchscreen interface ;...

No EVF port ; No flash hotshoe ; No rear click dial ; Smaller body size makes hand-held use of larger zoom lenses awkward ; Mono microphone (instead of stereo) for video recording ; Positioning of pop-up flash is more susceptible to producing red-eye...

The GF3 is a camera that combines high image quality and access to advanced shooting options with a small form factor and simplified control layout. Enthusiasts may be disappointed with the relative paucity of direct controls, but the GF3 is a very...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X (with 14-42mm PZ lens, White)


The GF3 uses the same 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine FHD processor as the GF2, but incorporates some of the enhancements from the G3, including the Light Speed autofocus system and focusing options like pinpoint and a picture-in-picture...

Relatively compact for its class, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 delivers excellent performance and good-to-great photo quality

It's missing features like a tilting LCD, EVF option, and stereo audio capability that some competitors offer

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 offers the type of performance and photo quality in a relatively small design many point-and-shoot graduates will like.

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Panasonix Lumix DMC-GF3 Review


Panasonic has just announced its lightest and smallest digital interchangeable lens camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF3. Replacing the 16% larger GF2, the GF3 features a smartphone-sized body weighing a scant 7.83oz (not including a lens). And like the Sony...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

Panasonic has consistently produced some strong video-capable cameras that use the Micro Four Thirds format. The GF3 showed promise in our low light video tests—where it beat out the competition by a significant margin—and we liked the way the...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


Among the smallest of Micro Four Thirds cameras, thePanasonic GF3 is easy to bring along and puts out good quality images at lower ISOs. It struggles a bit to keep up with the competition at higher ISO settings, though. While we liked the smaller size,...

Small, solid, light body; Good image quality; 14mm kit lens is of good quality and very small; Very fastautofocus; Excellent selection of lenses; Very fun to shoot with

Small controls; Touchscreen interface might not be foreveryone; Weak flash; Does not work with most accessories from previousmodels; JPEG image quality falls short of third-generation competition

For all its benefits, including its fast autofocus system and small, highly portable design, the 12MP Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 is a camera that's liable to divide users. On the one hand, this Compact System Camera (CSC) fulfills the promise of Micro...

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Camera Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 ILC


Panasonic's smallest Micro Four Thirds model yet delivers delicious images

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


It would be fair to say that, coming a mere seven months after the launch of the GF2, the GF3 is essentially a smaller, lighter, faster, and simpler version. A lot of the specification remains the same: it has the same 3in touch screen and 12 Megapixel...

3:2 ratio touch screen ; Fast full-frame AF performance ; Built-in flash ; Creative Control effects

No hot shoe / accessory port ; Flash position causes lens barrel shadow ; No rear push thumbwheel ; Mono Mic

Product Specifications

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 incorporates all the advanced technology and power of a DSLR interchangeable lens camera with the style and portability of a compact point-and-shoot. Being about the size of a smartphone, the lightweight GF3 benefits from a significant reduction in its dimensions. This is thanks to its newly enhanced mirror-free technology, and the substantial DSLR sensors that are now more compatible with the camera's compact Micro Four Thirds System lenses. This means that you have more creative control over your photos and videos, without the hassle of carrying around a bulky camera and lens kit.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


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

General Features

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


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