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 Number: Black - 14-42mm Lens
LUMIX G Micro System Camera G3
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this to provide easy carry around and back up to my full sized DSLR. Wanted something different to try and playing with 3D imaging.
Really nice comfortable camera. Read more
I already had a Lumix GF3, a great little camera but I have found more and more that to get the shots I want, especially macros and when using legacy lenses, that I needed a view... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris G
Consistently good results. Focus speed is brilliant - never get a photo out of focus. The lens is ideal for most situations. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. R. H. Bagley
Bought this an a 200mm lens for sports (football) photography.
It barely hits the minimum standard for fast action shots, and does produce some quality images. Read more
Really pleased with the camera an improvement on my old Panasonic Lumix and arrived early by post, so very happy all round.Published 15 months ago by Mr Michael A Wright