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Panasonic Lumix G3 M43rds Camera Announced

Panasonic has announced the latest addition to their Lumix G series Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Panasonic Lumix G3.

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Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix G3 - it features a new 16 megapixel sensor, improved AF speeds, quicker shooting at 4fps for full resolution images, and 20fps for 4 megapixel images, full HD 1080 video, stereo sound, 3 inch touch screen, and high resolution electronic viewfinder.  The camera is the world's smallest, and lightest compact system camera with a viewfinder. The camera will be available mid-june priced at £549 body only or £629 with 14-42mm kit lens. We had a look at the Panasonic Lumix G3 and have a full hands on preview / first impressions review


Panasonic Lumix G3 Features

  • New 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3" touch screen, 460k dots
  • Improved viewfinder, 1.44 million pixels
  • Improved AF, switches to 120fps instead of 60fps, 0.1 seconds (with 14-42mm lens)
  • 4fps continuous shooting (full resolution), 20fps at 4mp
  • Full HD video 1080i (60i/50i), AVCHD video, 1920x1080 60i/30p 50i/25p
  • ISO160,200,400, 800,1600,3200,6400
  • Intelligent Dynamic-Range control
  • New intelligent auto plus allows brightness (exposure compensation), and colour (WB)
  • New framing/focus mode for manual focus, plus AF+MF mode
  • New compact aluminium body, 25% smaller than the G2
  • New colours: black, red, white, (brown outside the uk)
  • Size: 115.2 x 83.6 x 46.7 mm (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: 336g (body only)


The Panasonic LUMIX G3: Creativity without limits

Smaller, lighter and with outstanding image quality, the LUMIX G3 is designed to go anywhere you do

Panasonic has today launched the LUMIX G3, the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera with a build-in Electronic View Finder . With an exceptional range of features and stunning image quality packed into a beautifully lightweight aluminum design, the LUMIX G3 turns everyday moments into works of art.

The LUMIX G3 lets you capture great photos from the very first shot. A new 16.0-megapixel sensor and light-speed autofocus gives you the exceptional image quality that was once restricted to large, heavy DSLR cameras. The intuitive automatic shooting modes and full range of advanced features, combined with high-resolution free-angle LCD touch screen or Electronic View Finder, mean you get the picture you want, how you want.

With the LUMIX G3, there really is no limit to your creativity.


Exceptional image quality

The LUMIX G3 has raised the bar in interchangeable lens camera image quality. With an optimal balance of the imaging engine and sensor size, the LUMIX G3 produces exceptional image quality to take your photography to the next level:

• Large sensor, low noise: A 16.0-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor means images will be cleaner and freer of noise than ever. With newly developed processing capabilities, the low-noise pixel area and the low-noise circuit are combined, resulting in a noise level of less than one third of a conventional sensor

• High-speed, high-performance: The Venus Engine VI FHD, incorporating the image processing technology Advanced Intelligent Resolution and Intelligent D-range Control, allows beautiful photos and high-definition movies to be captured with superior signal processing. Users can take clear, high resolution photography even at high ISO sensitivity levels, without the bleeding of colours

• Never miss the perfect moment: Speed is of the essence for exceptional photography. The LUMIX G3 pushes the boundaries of high performance with the world’s fastest pinpoint auto focus speed, approximately 0.1 seconds. A wide range of AF modes are available, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, Face Detection, and AF Tracking meaning the LUMIX G3 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves

• Crystal clear high speed action: The LUMIX G3’s burst shooting capability has been improved to make sure you get the perfect image, even of a fast-moving subject. With up to 4 fps capability in 16.0-megapixel resolution and 20 fps at 4.0 megapixels, the LUMIX G3 allows the ultimate action photography at high resolution

• Rich detail definition: With the Advanced Intelligent Resolution technology, three areas — outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected. Outlines are enhanced to give more clearly defined edges, while emphasising more highly textured areas of the image. The Venus Engine VI FHD also provides selective noise reduction to the outline, to let it have more naturally-balanced curve without any deterioration in resolution

• Full HD Movie quality: The quality advances of the LUMIX G3 are not restricted to still photos. The camera lets you take over the Hollywood director’s chair to record Full HD movies. Long recording times and intuitive controls help you create perfect movies with ease. The LUMIX G3’s 16.0-megapixel sensor means the camera can record in Full HD AVCHD 1920 x 1080, 50i, producing higher quality movies with minimal noise. Due to the inter-picture prediction method for compression, the AVCHD format enjoys almost double the recording time compared to Motion JPEG. The Full-time AF and AF Tracking functionality allows you to take high-quality movies effortlessly. With just one touch of the screen, the LUMIX G3 locks on and automatically "tracks" the subject and keeps it in focus as it moves

Stunning images, with no boundaries

With its ultra-compact and lightweight aluminium-bodied design, the LUMIX G3 goes wherever you do, with no limits. High precision, digital processing functions are combined in an easy-to-grip body. While a choice of using either the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) or the 3.0-inch free-angle LCD featuring Full-time Live View for image-taking allows you to take capture the moment as the situation demands:

• Sleek, ultra-compact and lightweight: At 25 percent smaller the LUMIX G2, weighing less than 340 grammes and with an easy-to-handle grip, the LUMIX G3 lets you take memorable photos, wherever you are

• You choose how to shoot: Whether you want to take photos from above your head at a concert, or frame a portrait with your eye close to the camera, the high-resolution free-angle LCD screen or the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) gives you the right set up for the right moment.

• Get the perfect result: With the Live View function, you can check you’ve got the perfect result, before pressing the shutter button. You can view the effects of your creative settings on the high-resolution, 460,000-dot free-angle Intelligent LCD and 1,440,000-dot 1.4x Live View Finder with a 100 percent field of view. The LCD screen rotates 180° from side to side and tilts 270° up and down. The correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown on Live View, with a colour-coded warning that alerts you when the settings are not in the proper range

• The world’s largest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses: The LUMIX G3 gives you the widest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses to choose from to make sure you have the right set up for the right job. With eleven Panasonic lenses and the option to use all Leica M and R Micro Four Thirds lenses, you can select a lens for every kind of shoot


Let your creativity loose and make the most of every shot

For experienced photographers looking for advanced functionality of a DSLR, or a beginner who wants to take eye-catching images at the click of the button, the LUMIX G3 lets you get the results, as you want them. The LUMIX G3 provides the assistance to help beginners make the most of every shot, with advanced controls to take photography to the next level:

• Touch control shooting: The LUMIX G3 features revolutionary touch control shooting, including full-area touch focusing where the focus can be set immediately to the subject, or to the background, by just one touch of the large LCD screen

• Rich colour reproduction with Intelligent D-range Control: With the new Intelligent D-range Control, the LUMIX G3 allows photographers of all levels to achieve the rich colour reproduction expected by professionals. The blues skies of summer will appear more natural than ever, as the camera optimises the exposure and ensures that gradation and individual details are artfully reproduced

• Intelligent Auto Plus functionality: In addition to these advanced functions, Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Plus (iA+) mode provides the best shooting results when a photo opportunity appears or when you do not have time to make manual settings. This includes MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilising) , which helps prevent blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken. With Intelligent Scene Selector the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background to the scenery mode. My Colour mode has a total of seven preset effects - Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, and High Dynamic - alongside custom mode, which lets you manually set the colour, brightness and saturation levels

• Taking photography to the next dimension: The LUMIX G3 also lets you add an extra dimension to your photography skills, with high-quality 3D still photography with the LUMIX G 3D 12.5mm / F12 lens. The lens produces 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects
Read our hands on first impressions review.

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Very nice, but I'll stay with my G1 for the foreseeable future (until it wears out): it fits my hands very nicely, and the control dial is on the front. To operate any control on the back of the (any) camera, I have to take my thumb away from the back, which means I no longer have any grip on the camera with my right hand. I also find I'm far more like to press the dial while I'm turning it with my thumb. I've suggested to Panasonic they should put dials front and back, which should please everyone (and, with a few tweaks to the firmware, allow keeping the two functions on separate dials). I don't suppose it will have any effect.
I don't much care for touch screens (aka screens covered in greasy fingerprints), but since I use the eye-level finder whenever I can (much steadier hold, much less affected by ambient light), it wouldn't be a lot of use in any case.
I agree - the control dial on the front is a much better position than on the back, where there is more chance of unintentionally catching some of the other buttons!
I'm surprised they missed the chance to do HDR in camera, like they have with the new Nikon D5100. This is like Canon developments, trickles of new technology rather than leaps. I also will not be tempted away from my G1 by this.

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