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Panasonic Lumix G3 16.1MP Compact System Camera Kit - Black with 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens

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  • LUMIX G Micro System - Interchangeable lens digital camera
  • Superb image quality: 16.0-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine FHD
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video in the AVCHD Format
  • IA (Intelligent Auto) Plus for easy manual adjustment
  • Creative control feature adds Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dyamic feel to films and stills

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Model: Black - 14-42mm Lens

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Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 11.5 x 8.4 cm ; 544 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,681 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


Model: Black - 14-42mm Lens
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Model:Black - 14-42mm Lens

Manufacturer's Description

LUMIX G Micro System Camera G3

 The G3 is the worlds's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera
The G3 is the worlds's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera.

World's Smallest and Lightest System Camera

The DMC-G3 is the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera with a built-in electronic view finder*. With an exceptional range of features and stunning image quality packed into a beautifully lightweight aluminium design, the LUMIX G3 turns everyday moments into works of art.

* For an interchangeable lens system camera with a view finder as of May 12, 2011

MOS Sensor

The DMC-G3 features the newly developed 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor which offers a big advantage for capturing stunning images, thanks to a low noise processing and a low noise circuit structure. The Venus Engine FHD links smoothly with the advanced image processing, optimum synthesizing of the data, which is processed with resolution-priority for outlines and NR-priority for soft gradation areas. So you can enjoy stunning image quality even in low-light conditions.

Fast and accurate auto focus
The G3 combines fast and accurate auto focus.

World’s Fastest Auto Focus

The DMC-G3 features the world’s fastest light speed auto focus of approx. 0.1 second**, achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing, which doubles the drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps. Full area focusing, and the shooting advantages of the Contrast AF system, allows you to focus on the subject in any part of the LCD. Combined with the Touch AF, Pinpoint AF and MF assist, the DMC-G3 lets you select a subject quickly, making focusing easier.

** The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GH3 attaching LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS014140)*** to move the lens position to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide range. Panasonic measurement method

*** The firmware must be updated to Ver. 1.3 or later

Choose from a range of photo styles
Choose from a range of photo styles.

Creative Control

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.

Micro Four Thirds System

The DMC-G3 is based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The mirror-less construction makes it possible to add a 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder). Both the LVF and the 3.0-inch free-angle LCD give you a live view of what you’re shooting, with a field of view of approximately 100%. The DMC-G3 is fully interchangeable with LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses, giving you a system camera with the ability to achieve a wide range of artistic expression.

High-resolution free-angle LCD screen
High-resolution free-angle LCD screen.

Free-angle LCD Screen

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.

HD Video

The DMC-G3 can record high-resolution 1920 x 1080 full HD videos. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, on the upper body of the camera records dynamic, true-to-life stereo audio. The Touch AF in video recording also lets you enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Use this feature to shift the focus, attracting attention to the subject.

LUMIX VARIO 14-42mm Lens

With an angle of view and perspective close to those of the human eye, these lenses capture natural-looking, true-to-life images. Use them for almost any kind of shot from landscapes to snapshots, children, pets, still-life objects and more and enjoy the kind of beautifully rendered, breathtaking images you simply can't get with a compact camera.

The standard zoom lens covers a lot of ground, extending from 28mm (35mm camera equivalent) to a zoom ratio of around 3.2x. With a total of 12 lens elements in nine groups, including aspherical lenses, this high-quality lens delivers an excellent optical performance, correcting various aberrations and providing superb balance. The lens has all the versatility you need for both everyday shooting and artistic photography. As your shooting skills evolve, you'll find it easy to create interesting, expressive photos by varying the angle of view and focal distance, choosing different perspectives, and experimenting with varying degrees of soft focusing.

Box Contains

  • Camera
  • 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.2 HD Edition SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
  • USB Driver
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus pen
  • CD-ROM

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    Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
    After reading about the G3 prior to it's release, I was curious that the decision had been made to further reduce the size from that of the G2. It is, however, a fantastically portable camera that still feels solid and of good quality in the hand. I feel so much more compelled to take this camera out on all my travels as it is small and light enough to keep around the neck all day whereas with my other dslr I'm aching to take it off after a only a short country walk.

    With this camera, Panasonic seem to have improved upon almost every aspect vs older models. A 16mp sensor rivals many of the competing cameras from the likes of Canon & Nikon in the same price range. The image noise control makes the camera very useable in low light, and I am loving full HD movie capture! There is a nice feature when using manual mode that allows you to enlarge the subject of your photo when focusing for a sharper image, while it is also possible to touch focus at any point on the camera's lovely fold out LCD screen. Those who are still not sold on touch screen cameras will be pleased to hear that you can get used to it whilst using the buttons, which are well laid out.

    There will be something for everyone here - the G3 should appeal to point and shoot users, with an 'intelligent auto plus' mode that gets some great snaps whilst allowing a little freedom of some simpler and some more creative image settings, whereby the casual user can build some confidence to move across to the manual modes. Panasonic have packed the G3 full of plenty of tricks and features, more than enough to keep the more avid photographer busy.

    At this stage, the only criticism I have of this camera is that the strap could be a little chunkier, but given the weight of the camera, this is only a small issue.

    The G3 is on a par with any entry-mid level SLR camera whilst in a far more practical package.
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    Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens Verified Purchase
    I was struggling to decide between a Canon EOS 550d and the Lumix DMC-G3 but decided to plump for this based on the a number of factors: (1) lighter and less cumbersome to carry around, (2) easier to use (which is important for my wife), (3) cheaper, (4) better video including auto-focus and the ability to zoom without clunking noise from the lens, (5) moveable screen which can also be closed and protected. I have to say I am very happy with this so far, I have already taken some excellent photos. It is incredibly easy to use straight away using the Intelligent Auto function and the quality of pictures is significantly better than we get from our Canon Ixus compact. Only downsides are: (1) battery performance could be better and (2) replacement lenses are quite expensive but on the whole I can't recommend this enough.
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    Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
    I have had tried different cameras in recent years having got frustrated with the bulk and weight of DSLRs yet not wanting to lose image quality. For a while I had a lighter-weight DSLR and I've tried another compact system camera, but that wasn't well sorted and was difficult to use.

    The G3 in contrast, is light but strong and solid-felling and it is incredibly easy to use, either in full auto mode or in some variety of manual mode. The photo qualify is terrific but it also benefits from being portable and fast, so shots that might have been missed with another camera get captured with ease.

    My increasingly good feedback on Flickr is testimony to the effectiveness of the G3! Overall, this is an outstanding camera and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to take highly quality photos but doesn't want to carry around a couple of house bricks in the shape of a fill-size DSLR and lenses.
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    Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
    This camera is quite simply excellent! Having owned a Nikon D90 I wanted a light weight relacement! Having carried out extensive research and looking at the images created by this camera, I purchased a Panasonic G3 from Amazon. I have used it for a few hours and the images are outstanding. The camera is compact robust and well made. If you are not sure what mirrorless camera to buy, don't hesitate and buy a G3!
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    Model Number: White - 14-42mm Lens
    Hooked on photography for about a year now and was willing to upgrade to a canon 60d (£1300) but the guy from glasgow city centre (merchantcitycameras) told me to keep this camera as the technology is very high end and i wouldnt really see a difference. I am very pleased with my purchase and what this man told me as he is a serious professional in this field. Keeping it for another year or two until something new arrives. The only thing that slightly annoys me with this camera is the battery life and the slowish focusing while in movie mode but the batteries can be purchased on ebay/amazon for £10 and are meant to be just as good as the originals which are crazy price.I can live with these minor problems and Cant stop using this camera LOVE IT. Got white BTW :)Highly Recommended Great photos, movie quality :)
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    By TheProf TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2011
    Model Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
    For someone looking to enter micro 4/3 this camera gives you lots of bang for your buck in a very small form factor. The new sensor inside the G3 is excellent - high ISO performance is better than other Panasonic m 4/3 cameras bar the GX1 and on a par with many APS-C DSLRs if you expose carefully. The JPEG engine is quite good, delivering more consistent and neutral colors than previous Panasonic G series cameras and a good trade off between noise reduction and detail retention in high ISO images. Process raw files in ACR, LR or C1 for even more imoressive results if you have the time or the inclination. Autofocus is quick and excellent, face detect works well and the new pinpoint focus system that can be used with the touch screen LCD is superb for macro or landscape work (and can be handy for portraits too). It's very small and neat, not to mention lightweight, compared to most APS-C DSLRs and there is now a stunning range of lenses for micro 4/3 - I highly recommend the Panasonic 20mm, 100-300mm for telephoto and the recently released Olympus 45mm f1.8 for portraits. Using this camera with care I can match or sometimes surpass the results from my considerably bulkier and heavier DSLR system. What's not to like? Not much. Build could be a little sturdier and the resolution of the touch screen LCD (490k) is rather lower than that found on most current DSLRs. Other than that it's great !

    How does it compare to the more expensive Panasonic GX1? Well, the G3 appears to be far better value - it offers a more traditional DSLR style body, a built-in EVF, a movable LCD.
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