Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Review

5.0
May 12, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card,  SDXC memory card 
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 16.6 Megapixels??
Camera effective pixels 16.0 Megapixels???
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible???
MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard,
MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)  Still Image [4:3] 4592x3448(L)[16M]  / 3232x2424(M) [8M] / 2272x1704(S) [4M]  / 1824x1368(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
[3:2] 4576x3056(L) [14M] / 3232x2160(M)[7M]  / 2272x1520(S)[3.5M]  / 1824x1216(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
[16:9] 4576x2576(L) [11.5M] / 3232x1824(M) [6M] / 1920x1080(S) [2M] / 1824x1024(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
[1:1] 3424 x 3424 (L) [11.5M] / 2416 x 2416 (M) [6M] / 1712 x 1712 (S)[3M]  / 1712x1712(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Motion Image Motion JPEG*1 [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
[16:9] HD : 1280 x 720, 30fps
AVCHD*2 NTSC [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)?SH:17Mbps)
PAL [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)?SH:17Mbps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 110 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS045200
Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-FS045200
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 55 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 50 min with H-FS045200
Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 60 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 55 min with H-FS045200
VIEWFINDER Type Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens   
Diopter adjustment -4.0~+4.0?dpt?
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/ AFC/ MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
AF detective range EV 0-18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist,
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot 
Metering range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity(Standard Output Sensitivity)   Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400  (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV
WHITE BALANCE White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting  (Touch operation is possible)
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 120 seconds)
Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC),  1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/10sec,  2sec 
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
SCENE MODE Still Image SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / /Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset??
(Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
CREATIVE CONTROL Creative control (Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dyamic
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed SH: 20 frames/sec(4M), H: 4 frames/sec, M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) 
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
BUILT-IN-FLASH Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN10.5 equivalent (ISO 160 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
LCD MONITOR Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size Free-angle 7.5cm (3.0inch) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Field of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Cnotrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion  Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Motion image: Max.4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
PHOTO STYLE Color Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome  / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
PLAYBACK Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD/Motion JPEG/3D/Category/Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Rec Edit
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct print PictBridge compatible?Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable ?
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / VIErA Link
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p  (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Audio video output Stereo Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote< class="6"> input φ2.5mm. stereo mini jack
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High, Mic level adjustable (4 levels)
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified),
Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
POWER Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1010mAh)  (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 270 images (When using the LCD / LVF) with H-FS014042
Approx. 250 images  (When using the LCD / LVF) with H-FS045200   
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 115.2 x 83.6 x 46.7mm / 4.54 x 3.29 x 1.84 in?(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx.544g / 19.20 oz ?SD card, Battery, 14-42mm lens included)
Approx. 761g / 26.88 oz ?SD card, Battery, 14-140mm lens included)
Approx. 336g / 11.84 oz ?Body only?
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80?
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.2 HD Edition
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE
Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Body Cap, 
AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM
*1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class6" or higher
*2 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher
           

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