Panasonic GF3

Panasonic continued their downgrading of the GF line with the GF3 model, which is squarely targeted at new and less sophisticated users. The plus side: it's the smallest of the Panasonic pocket m4/3 cameras. 

  • Sensor: 12mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop)
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4000 x 3000 JPEG or 12-bit raw maximum, 3.2 fps max 
  • Video:  1080i/60, 720P/60/30, 480P/30 (wide and normal), 240P/30, AVCHD video files with mono PCM audio
  • Shutter: mechanical 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: multi, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-6400, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 23 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 460k dot fixed LCD only
  • Flash: pop-up flash included (6m ISO 100 GN), hot shoe, 1/160 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync
  • Remote: none
  • Other Notable Features: 
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: DMW-BLD10
  • Size: 4.25 x 2.6 x 1.3" (108 x 67 x 32mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 9.3 ounces (264g)
  • Colors: White, Brown, Black, Red
  • Price: US$700 with kit lens
  • Current Firmware: version 1.2 (October 2011)
  • Announced: Jun 2011 (discontinued)

Thom's Comment: Definitely the most pocketable of the Panasonic models. With the 14mm lens, this makes for a very compact carry-it-everywhere camera, which many seek. It's competent as a camera, but remember, Panasonic has been removing external controls to simplify it, thus you're either going to use it pretty much in one preset mode or in all-automatic. 


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