The Lumix GF3 is the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. What Digital Camera's Panasonic Lumix GF3 review checks if the downsizing makes for the best GF-series model yet...

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Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix GF3

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Small size, affordable, fast autofocus


  • No physical mode dials, no hotshoe


Panasonic Lumix GF3 Review


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Value & Verdict

Panasonic Lumix GF3 review – Value

With the release of the GF3 Panasonic has focused on squeezing the price down to an all time low. In fact when fresh on the shelves the GF3 will cost less than the GF2 does some six months into its sales. The GF3’s price points vary from £548 on Panasonic’s official website down to £420 with the 14-42mm lens at other online stores. That puts the camera well into range with the likes of Samsung’s NX-series, and cheaper than Sony’s forthcoming NEX-C3 and any of Olympus’s current PEN models. Unashamedly consumer and shrewdly positioned in the market, the GF3 represents fierce pricing.

Panasonic Lumix GF3 review – Verdict

Panasonic Lumux GF3 front image

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 delivers true quality in an ultra-small package. Taking a different and more consumer-led path from the original and subsequent GF-series releases, the GF3’s lack of a hotshoe mount and mode dials, exclusion of provisions for a viewfinder to be attached and the low power built-in flash may be a letdown to more demanding users. Yet for those seeking a small and pocketable camera that’s affordable, well equipped, super fast to autofocus, has intuitive touch control and a great movie mode need look no further. It’s an impressive camera that ought to not only push forward the Micro Four Thirds standard, but will most likely even take a bite out of the high-end compact market due to its comparable sizing.


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
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 6.3 equiv. (ISO 160)
Memory Card:SD (HC/XC)
Cable Release:No
Exposure Comp:1/3EV Step ±3EV
PC Socket:No
Colour Temp Control:2500-10,000K in 100K
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Output Size:4000x3000px (4:3)
Field of View:100%
LCD:3in, 460k-dot, touchscreen LCD
AF Points:23-Area max
White Balance Bracket:3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis
Sensor:12.1 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS
DoF Prview:No
Focal Length Mag:2x
Max Flash Sync:1/160th sec (built-in flash only)
Dust Reduction:Supersonic wave filter
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based where applicable
Live Mode:Yes
Movie Mode:Yes, AVCHD 1080i50 output at 25fps (1080i60 output at 30fps NTSC)
Exposure Modes:Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Movie
Metering System:144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Connectivity:HDMI, USB 2.0
Dimensions:107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm
Weight:264g (with battery and card; body only)
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh)
File Format:RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG
Shutter Speeds:1/4000th ~ 60sec
Focusing Modes:AFS/ AFC/ MF; Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (3.8fps max), Self-timer 2sec / 10sec
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix GF3 - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Movie/Video Mode
  6. 6. Value & Verdict
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