Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Micro System DSLR - Black- Camera Kit, with 14-42mm /F3.5-5.6 Lens, 8GB SD Memory Card, Spare DMW-BLD10 Lithium Ion Type Battery, Camera Case, USB 2.0 SD Card Reader

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About Panasonic DMC-G3

Panasonics LUMIX DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot camera's compactness, light weight and simplicity. This reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in mirror-free viewfinder technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, for greater portability and creative control. The DMC-G3 image resolution has been upgraded to 16.0 Megapixels from it predecessorthe DMC-G2.

Mode Dial and Hotshoe
The DMC-G3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience with an external Mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual. Additional dial settings include two Custom Modes, Scene Modes and the new Creative Control Mode. The DMC-G3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. Likemost DSLRs, the DMC-G3 provides a built-in flash and hotshoe for connecting optional LUMIX flashes.

Available Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby, Pet, Party and Sunset, which can all be controlled from the intuitive touch-enabled LCD.

Lens Options and 3D Capture
LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 11 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the DMC-G3, ultra fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved.

Many Lumix MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Working together with the cameras intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motions blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, you're sure to capture images that are sharp.

Dust Reduction System
As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, The DMC-G3 uses a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 time per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

Touch-Enabled LCD Screen
At the heart of the DMC-G3's improved functionality is a movable 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled cell phones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any user's expertise level. Even the shutter can be triggered from the touch-enabled LCD by simply touching the subject you want focused and captured. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When you're ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture.

Live Viewfinder
For many, a traditional eyelevel viewfinder is still a must have. The DMC-G3 meets this demand with an eye-level electronic viewfinder that projects a high resolution 1.44m-dot image with 100% field of view (800x600, 0.7x magnification). Color breakup has been improved vs. the DMC-G2, resulting in smooth image viewing while panning.

HD Video Capture
The LUMIX DMC-G3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 30p). It offers a built-in stereo microphone and is available with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Advanced video sound controls include a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind, and an L/R audio meter display for controlling audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or easily played directly on Panasonic VIERA TV via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several Lumix Micro Four Thirds lenses helps keep lens noise at bay while the touch-enabled LCD allows you to automatically keep active subjects in focus with touch-enabled subject AF Tracking.

Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing
Contrast Detection Auto Focus technology used in point-and-shoot and new mirrorless Compact System Cameras now approaches the speedsthat were once only available from traditional professional-level DSLRs. The DMC-G3 now offers Light Speed Auto Focus (14-140mm ~0.1sec. 14-42mm ~0.18 sec., 45-200mm ~0.15 sec.). LUMIX Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you won't suffer from "shutter lag" frustration. Contrast Auto Focusing also offers greater shot accuracy due to fewer hardware components needed vs traditional DSLR phase difference systems, thus fewer pictures will suffer from system focusing errors. (e.g. the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60% at F1.4).

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (5),Easy to use (4),Image stabilization (4),Tilt /swivel LCD (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (5),Travel (5),Family photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Panasonic DMC-G3 Features

  • High Image Quality with the Live MOS Sensor
    Advanced Noise Reduction System with New Live MOS Sensor
    High-speed, High-performance Venus Engine FHD
    Mirrorless Structure and LUMIX G / LEICA DG Lenses
  • World's Fastest Level of Light Speed AF
    The World's Fastest Level of Light Speed AF with Precise Contrast AF
    Full-area Focusing for Flexible Framing
    Pinpoint AF and MF Assist for More Accurate Focusing
  • World's Smallest and Lightest System Camera
    The World's Smallest and Lightest Body* with Stylish Design
    * For an interchangeable lens system camera with a viewfinder as of May 12, 2011.
    Double Live View for the LVF (Live View Finder) and Free-angle LCD
    Intuitive Touch-screen Operation
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video in the AVCHD Format
    Stunning 1920 x 1080 AVCHD Full HD Videos with High-quality Sound
    Creative Options with Touch AF and Creative Control
    iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Beautiful Videos with Ease
  • Intelligent Auto Plus
    Plus Yourself:
    Background Defocus, Color and Brightness
    Casual Snaps Turn into Superb Photos with Intelligent D-range Control
    Intelligent Detection and Correction Functions for One-touch Beauty
  • Freer Expression for Photos and Videos
    Creative Control and Touch Defocus Function for Expressive Images
    3D Shooting Capability for a New Realm of Photographic Expression
    Expandability with Optional Accessories
  • Digital Networking Featuring the 3D Image Viewer
    3D Image Viewer and VIERA Link for Even Greater Fun
    Included Software for Easy Image Viewing, Editing and Sharing
    Versatile Camera Playback Functions

Panasonic DMC-G3 Specifications

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
Image Sensor: Total pixels
16.6 Megapixels
Image Sensor: Camera effective pixels
16.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor: Color filter
Primary color filter
Image Sensor: Dust reduction system
Supersonic wave filter
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
File size(Pixels): Motion Image
Motion JPEG: [4:3] QVGA: 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA: 640 x 480, 30fps, [16:9] HD: 1280 x 720, 30fps
AVCHD: NTSC: [Full HD] 1920x1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps), [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)(SH:17Mbps)
Continuous recordable time
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(Motion images)
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)
Viewfinder: Field of view
Approx. 100%
Viewfinder: Magnification
Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder: Eye point
Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Viewfinder: Diopter adjustment
Focus: Type
Contrast AF system
Focus: Focus mode
Focus: 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)
Focus: AF detective range
EV 0-18 (ISO100 equivalent)
Focus: AF assist lamp
Focus: AF lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
Focus: 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
Exposure Control: Light metering mode
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Control: Metering range
EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Control: Exposure mode
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Control: ISO sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Exposure Control: Exposure compensation
1/3EV Step ±5EV
Exposure Control: AE lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
Exposure Control: AE bracket
3,5,7 frame, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV
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)
Shutter: Self timer
10sec, 3 images/10sec, 2sec
Shutter: 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
Scene Mode: 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
(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dynamic
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
Built-in-Flash: Flash mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Built-in-Flash: Synchronization speed
Less than 1/160 second
Built-in-Flash: Flash output adjustment
1/3EV Step ±2EV
Built-in-Flash: Flash synchronization
1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Built-in-Flash: Hot shoe
TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
LCD Monitor: Type
TFT LCD with Touch panel
LCD Monitor: Monitor size
Free-angle 7.5cm (3.0inch) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
LCD Monitor: Pixels
460K dots
LCD Monitor: Field of view
Approx. 100%
LCD Monitor: Monitor adjustment
Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
Live View: Digital zoom
2x, 4x
Live View: 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.)
Live View: Other functions
Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
Photo style: Color
Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
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
Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Image Erase
Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct print
PictBridge compatible(Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable )
Interface: USB
USB 2.0 High Speed
Interface: HDMI
miniHDMI TypeC / VIErA Link
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Interface: Audio video output
Stereo Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America
Interface: Remote input
dia. 2.5mm. stereo mini jack
Interface: Microphone
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High, Mic level adjustable (4 levels)
Interface: Speaker
OSD language
English, Spanish, Portuguese,
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
Operating temperature
0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg. F to 104deg. F)
Operating humidity
10% to 80%
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.2 HD Edition
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
USB Driver
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)
Approx. 336g / 11.84 oz (Body only)
Mfr #

Panasonic DMC-G3 Reviews

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An Under-the-Radar Gem


from Mendocino, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Now discontinued, but still available with a bit of looking, the G3 is a fine picture taker with a decent if not stellar EVF and is available for dirt cheap. I bought this one as a second body. Small, low cost, low profile... What's not to like?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Crisp, clear optics!!


from Mount Vernon, Wa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I cannot find anything I would change on this model!


A most amazing little camera


from dallas - fort worth, tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is my first foray into the mirrorless world. My DSLR is a Pentax K-5 that, while relatively small, can still be quite a handful. I wanted a smaller camera at a reasonable price with a reasonable selection of good lenses and a view finder. This led me first to the micro 4/3 cameras and then to the Panasonic G3 and GH2. Since I don't care about video, the G3 seemed the right camera at the right price. So far I haven't been disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Why buy a 4/3rds without viewfinder?


from UK  -  Photo Enthusiast

The touch screen is intuitive--don't let this put you off. The size and weight advantages over a DSLR are huge and airlines are ready to rip you off if you have a large camera bag and a carry-on. The ability to shoot movies with the built-in viewfinder gives the G3 a major advantage over most DSLRs and the mirror system. The Panny lenses have a nice quality feel and seem better than consumer grade Nikon-Canon glass. After years of bulky and heavy Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, I am glad I made the switch--its the size and weight that was the deal maker. My only gripe is the poor battery life--buy a generic for under $20, they are just as good as the overpriced branded unit. I live in the UK and regularly buy from Adorama--5 Star store. I rated the G3 5 stars, not because it is near-perfect but because it is a great all-rounder and for the money just cannot be beaten. I am now a converted touch-screen fan.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Small but mighty good


from Ontario, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my wife's camera and our second micro-four thirds camera. My other camera is a GH2. I decided to get this for my wife so I could leverage my investment in lenses. We mostly use the 20mm F/1.7 pancake lens on the G3. It's a great camera to take along on family day trips. Light-weight, portable, versatile little camera. I've used this camera with a four-thirds adapter and an Olympus 50mm f/2.0 macro. Great combination for portraits although manual focus works better for the Olympus four-thirds lens. I've used this camera with a PocketWizard to activate off camera flash. I prefer the look of the photos taken at 800 ISO and below but with a little help from Adobe Lightroom, higher ISOa are possible up to 1600. I could be mistaken but I actually think that using 1600 ISO on the G3 gives slightly better results than 1600 ISO on the GH2. I like having the built in viewfinder and the articulated screen. It's a great camera for a great price. Wish it had a little more direct control via dials and buttons to access some settings, but the Quick Menu works well and some of the buttons can be configured.


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Shopper  Which lens is better,with or witout power zoom?
JIM F  good question -- if you what the best picture use a prime lens. Zooms are for convenience (of course, new zooms are getting pretty good....)
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