Panasonic Lumix G3

A new hybrid mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera features a new 16.0-megapixel sensor and full HD video, and continues the trend to more compact sizes
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Anyone looking for a combination of still and motion capture in a small package that’s easy to hike or travel with will be interested in the new Panasonic Lumix G3. The camera’s newly developed Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor has the highest resolution of any Panasonic G-series camera to date.

ISO Performance
The combination of a new Live MOS CMOS image sensor and a new Venus Engine onboard processor gives this third-generation Lumix G-series camera significantly improved ISO performance. The range is ISO 160-6400, and at the higher ISOs, Panasonic claims noise reduction is improved by some 200% over the previous generations of G-series models.
New 16.0-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
This new-generation Lumix G-series interchangeable-lens camera has a 16.0-megapixel Live MOS CMOS sensor. It’s the first G-series model to depart from Panasonic’s well-regarded 12.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds chip. To handle the increased image data and improve speed and overall image quality from the new sensor, there’s also a new Venus Engine FHD image processor.
Compact System
Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens cameras are smaller than most DSLRs, but that’s only half the story. The format allows for considerably smaller lenses, as well, so you get a much smaller overall camera system. The G3 measures 4.54×3.29×1.84 inches, which is smaller than the previous G-series bodies.
Pinpoint AF
Touch-screen AF is enhanced with the new Pinpoint AF feature, which zeroes the AF near the pixel level. Pinpoint AF can be set by touch control anywhere on the LCD panel. The Precision Contrast LightSpeed AF system is fast, and manual-focus control is available. You can enlarge the image 4x on the LCD screen to see your focus point clearly, and that focus area remains viewable on a small inset window on the screen so you can see the whole scene as you focus.


Image Sensor: 16.0-megapixel (effective) Live MOS CMOS
Resolution: 4592×3448 pixels
Sensor Size:17.3×13.0mm
LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch TFT LCD with Touch panel; 460,000-pixel free-angle
AF System: Contrast Detect 23-area AF
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 120 sec.
ISO Settings: 160-6400
Continuous Firing Mode: Up to 2 fps in highest-resolution mode
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW still images; AVCHD/QuickTime Motion JPEG HD video
Metering: 144-zone multipattern; Intelligent Multiple, Center Weighted, Spot
Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power Source: ID-Security Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 4.54×3.29×1.84 inches
Weight: 11.84 ounces (body only)
Estimated Street Price: TBA

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Full HD Video
Other DSLRs have received more notoriety for the HD video capability, but Lumix G-series cameras quietly have become popular in filming circles. The G3 creates AVCHD-format video up to 1920×1080/60i and 1280×720/60p at 30 fps. You can record up to 2 GB at a time.
Touch-Screen Control
When it appeared on the Lumix GF2, touch-screen control instantly became a favorite feature. The G3 improves on the touch controls by giving you the ability to activate the AF anywhere in the frame instead of limiting it to the center AF point. Overall, the touch-screen makes it easy to navigate through camera controls, which makes the process of taking pictures more about getting a great shot than wading through settings.

Essential Accesories

A compact system like this gives you the ability to travel to some exotic places. Once there, you may be off the grid, so having a Goal Zero Kit with a solar panel will keep you charged up.
Memory Cards

Memory Cards
HD video takes up a lot of space quickly. Load up on high-capacity cards that are at least Class 6 to keep up.

Compact Tripod
With a lightweight camera and lens system, you can go with a lighter-weight tripod and ballhead like this Gitzo 1550T.