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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:14 am 
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Hi everyone, please see my Panasonic Lumix G3 review!

Hi folks,

From this press release:
    PANASONIC INTRODUCES COMPANY’S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA WITH A VIEWFINDER,*1 COMPLETE WITH EASY-TO-USE FEATURES AND HD VIDEO

    The New Panasonic LUMIX G3 Features Large Touch Screen LCD for Intuitive Touch Control and Technologies Enhancing Imaging Quality


    SECAUCUS, NJ (May 12, 2011) – Panasonic today announces a new addition to the LUMIX G Series of Compact Systems Cameras (CSC), the LUMIX DMC-G3, the company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder to date*1. This new class of CSC offers a lighter weight and smaller size not seen in traditional DSLRs, thus providing greater portability and creative control. The LUMIX G3 features a new 16.0-megapixel sensor that produces rich, true-to-life, high quality images, plus 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition (HD) video recording capability with stereo sound in AVCHD. The Panasonic LUMIX G3 is the ideal hybrid, offering superb still and video capabilities with easy-to-use features so users at any level can create professional-quality images.

    “With the LUMIX G3, Panasonic offers an extremely light compact system camera that is easy to use, thanks to a touch-control LCD, yet still maintains powerful and creative features to appease the more advanced photographer,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With new features that enhance photo and video quality, the LUMIX G3 offers exceptional image quality that a photographer at any level would be excited about using to capture their experiences.”

    For the camera traditionalist, the LUMIX G3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience with an external Mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual. Additional dial settings include two Custom Modes, Scene Modes and a Creative Control Mode. The LUMIX G3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. Like most traditional DSLRs, the LUMIX G3 provides a built-in flash and hotshoe for connecting optional LUMIX flashes. For many, a traditional eyelevel viewfinder is still a must have, so the LUMIX G3 meets this demand with an eye-level electronic viewfinder that projects a high resolution 1.44m-dot image with 100% field of view (800x600, 0.7x magnification). In addition, color breakup has been improved when compared to the LUMIX G2.

    To enhance operability and ensure it’s user-friendly, the LUMIX G3 features touch-control shooting, which lets photographers focus on the subject by simply touching it on the large, 3-inch high-resolution LCD touch screen. Once locked on the subject by a touch, the LUMIX G3 tracks the subject, even if it moves, with Auto Focus (AF) tracking. In addition to its 23 Area Auto Focusing Points, the LUMIX G3 features new Pinpoint AF. Pinpoint AF allows extremely precise near–pixel-level focus point setting at the touch of a finger. For example, unlike DSLRs that limit the number of fixed hardware focus points, Panasonic’s Pinpoint AF can be set by touch control to very fine points anywhere on the LCD. With a new Precision Contrast LightSpeed AF system, the LUMIX G3 is extremely fast, measuring approximately 0.1 second (14-140mm ~0.1 sec. 14-42mm ~0.18 sec., 45-200mm ~0.15 sec.). The LightSpeed AF feature is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the Live MOS Sensor drives speed from 60 fps to 120 fps. Manual control over focus is available in the LUMIX G3 and has been greatly improved when compared to its predecessor, the LUMIX DMC-G2. When magnification is first enabled at 4x by simply touching the subject on the LCD, that subject is enlarged in a small window allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference. Beyond 4x, that small window fills the monitor so even more control over focus fine-tuning can be achieved. This handy feature is available from both the MF Assist (Manual Focus) and AF + MF focus modes.

    The Intelligent LCD has a bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution and rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down offering approximately 100% of field of view, making it easy to operate and shoot at different angles. In addition, the touch-enabled-screen operation excels not only for shooting but also for playing back images with outstanding visibility. Users can scroll through hundreds of images on the screen, simply by thumbing through the thumbnails. Or, to play back images one-by-one, the user drags the image across the screen as though flipping a page in a book.

    The LUMIX G3’s newly developed 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor, combined with the powerful Venus Engine FHD image processor, contribute to the high-quality photo and video images. The processor also provides selective noise reduction to create a more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the image. In the LUMIX G3, noise is significantly suppressed by more than 66%. Notably in shooting at high ISO settings, S/N value is improved by approximately 200% compared with the conventional 12.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor performance improves by 6db at ISO 3200 and max. 9db at ISO 6400.

    For added ease of use, the LUMIX G3 features Panasonic’s iA2 and new iA Plus modes, which are enabled automatically once the iA button is pressed. Panasonic’s iA features, such as Intelligent Resolution, MEGA O.I.S. (included in several lenses), Intelligent ISO Control, and Intelligent Scene Selector are available when shooting still images. However, Panasonic’s new iA Plus mode adds greater flexibility with real-time visual feedback between automatic and manual shooting features:

      Touch-screen-slider-enabled background defocusing.
      Touch-enabled exposure control compensation.
      Touch-screen-slider-enabled white balance. A desired color balance result under difficult lighting can now be achieved visually from the LCD with a touch-enabled slider icon.
    The LUMIX G3 offers rapid burst shooting control at various rates and resolutions. Image capture at full-resolution (16-megapixel) is possible at up to 4 frames per second with its mechanical shutter enabled, or an even faster 20 frames per second using the electronic shutter feature at a reduced resolution of 4 megapixels.

    With an array of creative features, the LUMIX G3 offers users the opportunity to express their creativity with settings like Creative Control mode, which allows for images to be taken with popular visual effects that previously required software post processing. Effects include: Retro, High Key, Sepia and High Dynamic. The conventional film mode has evolved with a new effect control, Photo Style, which has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait presets that allow finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction by each.

    As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, the LUMIX G3 uses a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

    The LUMIX G3 utilizes the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System mount, offering greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising performance and clarity. The LUMIX MFT System offers a selection of 11 high-performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly-versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including prior LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the LUMIX G3, ultra-fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved. Many LUMIX MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from shaky hands. Working together with this is the camera’s intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motions blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, helping to ensure sharp images.

    The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3, made of aluminum, will be available in a variety of attractive colors, including black, red, white and brown, starting in June 2011. Suggested retail price of the LUMIX G3 with the 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit will be $699.99. For more information about the Panasonic LUMIX G Series of compact system cameras, please visit http://www.panasonic.com/lumix.

    *1 For an interchangeable lens system camera with a view finder, as of May 12, 2011.
    *2 Some functions in iA mode may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted.

    * Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
    * Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
    *The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
There is already a product page for the camera at the Panasonic UK site (here). It will be interesting to see the reviews to find out whether the changes to the ergonomics are well received.

Bob.

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 8:24 am 
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Er, HELLO. Is there anybody out there! :lol: :lol: :lol:

First out of the blocks with a 9 page review of the G3 is TechRadar and you can read it here. Generally positive and they have some interesting thoughts about the G3's place in the market vis-a-vis the GF2 as well as the G2.

Bob.

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Yeah, Im here! :lol:
Sorry I didnt read all the text, but what are the big differences between the GH2 and G3?

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 10:07 am 
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Hi Ruben,

I think all the Panasonic aficionados must be on holiday.

Sorry, you're a fine chap but I'm not going to read and distil the spec sheets for you. Do your own homework. :P

But, more helpfully though it tells you nothing about the ergonomics, there's a side by side specification comparison here. ;)

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No, of course not! But I thought there would be a Panasonic fan who could tell me;)

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:25 pm 
I think it is a good camera, compact but has electronic viewfinder, something that I'm looking for a while.

Great for walkaround-street photography or travel camera considering Panasonic has a couple compact lenses and fast auto focus equal to DSLR cameras.


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:46 pm 
I may have to trade in my GF2.. I think the G3 even comes with a remote shutter socket!

But The word on the street is that pany will be announcing the next GF model in JUNE!! Hmmm

G3 seems to be a good upgrade from the GF2, just a little larger, and heavier. Much better grip, better auto-bracket, more pixels with better low noise.

My main concern is the loss of ISO 100! Anyone have thoughts on this??


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:58 am 
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Hi everyone, I've started my G3 review and am going to publish results and samples as and when they're ready - so first up, a selection of HD video samples!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... ix_DMC_G3/


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:43 am 
I wonder if the G3 would be a big jump in image quality from my LX5? .......mmmm. Probably has similar controls.

Sure looks like a finely crafted piece of electronics. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:02 pm 
I've been waiting for this review as the G3 is likely to be my next camera.

Having recently decided to get more involved in photography, now I have a little more time available, I purchased the Sony HX5.

I also considered the canon sx30 or 210 but made an impulse decision while in the shop (not to be done again)

Now it may be me as been a novice but the result on my old canon Ixus 50 are by far superior although I do get improved results when using manual controls with the sony. the video is great though, which one of reasons for buying the camera.

So I'm thinking the G3 will be the answer for helping me to discover photography, giving better image quality and greater control. I will also purchase the 45-200 lens as I do like taking pictures of wildlife.

This brings me to my question. When wanting to extend the zoom range on the Panasonic I believe there is a tele conversion option that increase the focal range by 1.5x(at 8m pixals) and 2.0x (4m). This would extend the range of the 45-200 to a max of 800mm, although 600mm is a more realistic optic with a image size of 8m.

has anybody used the tele option on the Panasonic and what results where achieved?

I know I have a lot to learn but want a camera to help me get there.

looking forward to your full review Gordon.


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Using the teleconverter is exactly the same as cropping later. But, if you dont want to post-process your pictures, you can use the teleconverter instead of crop the picture.

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Pat wrote:
I wonder if the G3 would be a big jump in image quality from my LX5?


In low-light, I'm sure it would. I have a friend who has the Leica version of the LX5 and, in low-light, my old GH1 + 20mm f1.7 lens does much better.

markw wrote:
I will also purchase the 45-200 lens as I do like taking pictures of wildlife.

This brings me to my question. When wanting to extend the zoom range on the Panasonic I believe there is a tele conversion option that increase the focal range by 1.5x(at 8m pixals) and 2.0x (4m).


FYI Pany also has a 100-300mm lens. (I own one.) Although either the 45-200 or 100-300 might be a bit unbalanced on the G3.

Mark (the other one)


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Here's my next update - sample images!

NEW: Panasonic Lumix G3 sample images!


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Gordon,

I've been eyeing this G3 and Panasonic 100-300 as the the solution to an ultraportable supertelephoto setup. Did Panasonic by chance send along a 100-300 or any other lenses for that matter besides their 14-42 kit lens?


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Bri wrote:
Hi Maestro,
Can you give a little feed back on the GH1 and the 100-300 lens combination as I am considering that lens.


It does what I bought it for--surfing and air show pics (read: fast AF with good IQ in broad daylight)--very well.

It's also light enough to feel OK to me when mounted on my GH1/2. But that lightness is due to a plastic body which, subjectively, feels rather cheap. Although, objectively, the build quality hasn't actually been a problem for me.

Also, in the U.S., the price has dropped more than 10% (from $600 to ~$520).

I just wish they'd made it 150-400mm to better complement the 14-140mm, but that's sort of picking nits.

HTH - Mark

{edit}Gordon - your High ISO test shot looks really good! I guess I'll be dumping my old Samsung TL500 once the G3 is widely available (in the U.S. that could be 2013, tho! :-) ).{/edit}


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