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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 16 MP Micro System DSLR - Brown - Camera Kit with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S Zoom Lens

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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 (7) , Image stabilization (6) , Tilt /swivel LCD (6) , Easy to use (5) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (5) , Fast shutter speed (4) , High ISO performance (4) , Large clear LCD (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (7) , Travel (7) , Family photos (5) , Video (4) , Low light (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6) , Casual photographer (1)

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Key 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

Technical Specs

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)PAL: [Full HD] 1920x1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:17Mbps), [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)(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 -4.0-+4.0(dpt)
Focus: Type Contrast AF system
Focus: Focus mode AFS/ AFC/ MF
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 YES
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 Monaural
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
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
Operating temperature 0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg. F to 104deg. F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80%
Software 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)
Weight Approx. 336g / 11.84 oz (Body only)
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