Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Camera Body, 17.3x13.0 Image Sensor Size, Micro Four Thirds Mount, Live MOS Image Sensor, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-GF3

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master. This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses.

This class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3's image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies. The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone.

Additional quick access touch-enabled settings include three Customizable Modes that get you to your favorite camera setup quickly, multiple Scene Modes and the new LUMIX Creative Control Mode. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes.

The LUMIX DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 25 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind. An audio meter can be displayed on the LCD for monitoring audio levels.

Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or played directly on Panasonic VIERA TVs via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several LUMIX Micro Four Thirds lenses help 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.

Panasonic DMC-GF3 Features

  • Built-in Flash: The DMC-GF3 shoots well under low light even without a flash. But there are times when a flash provides desired enhancements. So, like most DSLRs, the DMC-GF3 provides a built-in pop-up flash for added light during low-light shooting
  • Lens Options and 3D Capture: Lumix DMC-GF3 Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lens mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity
  • Dust Reduction System: The DMC-GF3 has a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively
  • HD Video Capture: The Lumix DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 25 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind
  • Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing: The DMC-GF3 now offers the new Lumix Light Speed Auto Focus technology developed for the highly regarded GH2. Lumix Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you won't suffer from "shutter lag" frustration
  • Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+): The DMC-GF3 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording modes with iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus
  • Venus Engine FHD: The Lumix Venus Engine FHD offers vastly improved compensation for electronic noise under low light and shadows where higher ISOs typically add grain to the image
  • Color and Effects: Using the LUMIX Photo Style Mode, popular color effects can be achieved. These settings can be further enhanced with fine-tuning of Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction. Color effects include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom

Panasonic DMC-GF3 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
Total Pixels
13.06 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels
12.10 Megapixels
Color Filter
Primary color filter
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 System 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 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Size (Pixels) Still Image
[4:3] 4,000 x 3,000 (L), 2,816 x 2,112 (M), 2,048 x 1,536 (S), 1,600 x 1,200
[3:2] 4,000 x 2,672 (L), 2,816 x 1,880 (M), 2,048 x 1,360 (S), 1,600 x 1,064
[16:9] 4,000 x 2,248 (L), 2,816 x 1,584 (M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S), 1,600 x 904
[1:1] 2,992 x 2,992 (L), 2,112 x 2,112 (M), 1,504 x 1,504 (S), 1,440 x 1,440 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
File Size (Pixels) Motion Image
Motion JPEG: [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps / QVGA: 320 x 240, 30 fps
[16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30 fps
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps
File Size (Pixels) AVCHD
NTSC: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps)
PAL [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH: 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps)
Continuous Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 160 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 170 min with H-H014
Actual Recordable Time
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
Focus AF Mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint
Focus AF Detective Range
EV 0 - 18 (ISO 100)
Focus AF Assist Lamp
Focus AF Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Focus Others
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
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, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ±3 EV
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
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
2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
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)
Self Timer
10 sec, 3 images / 2 sec / 10 sec
Still Image SCN Mode
Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / /Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie SCN Mode
Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset
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 160m), 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
3.0 inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
460,000 dots
Field of View
Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment
Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
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 inMotion JPEG)
Other Functions
Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
My Color Mode
(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dyamic/ Miniature
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
Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct Print
PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable)
USB 2.0 High Speed
miniHDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
Audio: Linear PCM
Audio Video Output
Monaural Type, NTSC
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
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
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included)
Battery Life
Approx. 320 images with H-FS014042
Approx. 340 images with H-H014
Operating Temperature
0 deg.C to 40 deg.C (32 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10% to 80%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.24 x 2.64 x 1.28 inch / 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 7.94 oz / 225g Body Only (9.31 oz / 264g with battery)

Panasonic DMC-GF3 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


Photographer Daughter Loves this Camera!


from Urbana, IL  -  Photography Student

This is my daughter's fifth camera and by far her favorite. She just loves everything about it, from its technical capabilities to its good looks.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent small pocketable camera


from Orange County, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great for keeping with you for camping or when you want to travel light.


Very disappointing image quality...


from Huntington Beach, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This collapsible zoom lens is a great idea, but the image quality was very disappointing. I have a DSLR, and I love the image qualities, but it's too bulky to travel with. I bought this camera with a big hope that I can take it to anywhere and take great pictures. Compact, yes, but... all indoor pictures came out blurry. I took a lot of pictures of my dogs, and even with the sports mode, they were all super blurry. My 3 year old PS camera can take much better pictures than this. I updated the software on the lens via Panasonic's website, but it didn't solve the problem. I googled "14-42 X blurry." I was surprised to see so many people having the same issue with this lens. I hope Panasonic is listening to the users and working on correcting the issue with this lens. I love the portability of this lens & camera, but the image quality needs major improvement. It's definitely not worth [$]. I returned this camera, but I might give it another shot once Panasonic releases a second generation of this lens.Adorama's customer service was great! They listened to the problems I had with this camera and issued me a return label right away. I would definitely shop here again.


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