Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review

4.0
July 6, 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 13.06 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 12.10 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / 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] 4000x3000(L) / 2816x2112(M) / 2048x1536(S) / 1600x1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4000x2672(L) / 2816x1880(M) / 2048x1360(S) / 1600x1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4000x2248(L) / 2816x1584(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1600x904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440x1440(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 / [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
Motion Image (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)
Motion Image (AVCHD*2 : 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 [SH]: Approx. 160 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 170 min with H-H014
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/ AFC/ MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-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 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
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE bracket 3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting / Portrait / Beauty skin / Sport / Flower / Collection / Baby / Pet / defocus control
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 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec

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 / Miniature

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 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, GN6.3 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 synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync

LCD MONITOR

Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed 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: 3.1x (SH/H in AVCHD and HD/WVGA in Motion JPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in Motion JPEG)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

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 Play/Category/Favorite), Title Edit, / Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition 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 / Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Linear PCM
Audio video output Monaural 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.
Microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
Speaker Monaural

LANGUAGE

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

GENERAL

Power
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 340 images with H-H014
Dimensions (W x H x D) 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm / 4.24 x 2.64 x 1.28 inch?(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 264g / 9.31 oz ?SD card, Battery, Body) / Approx. 222g / 7.83 oz ?Body only) / Approx. 319g / 11.25 oz ?SD card, Battery, H-H014 lens included?
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, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM / * Body cap not included for DMC-GF3C kit and DMC-GF3W kit / ** Lens rear cap of H-H014 lens not included for DMC-GF3C kit and DMC-GF3W Kit

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Lens Name LUMIX G 14mm/F2.5 ASPH.
Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups (3 aspherical lenses)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer No
Focal Length f=14mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture F2.5
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.18m / 0.59ft
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.10x / 0.20x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°
General
Filter Size φ46mm / 1.81in
Max. Diameter φ55.5mm / 2.19in
Overall Length Approx. 20.5mm (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) / 0.81in
Weight [g] Approx. 55g
Weight [oz] Approx. 1.94oz
Standard Accessories Lens cap / Lens rear cap / Lens storage bag

Further Specifications

NOTE *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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