Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor that offers sharp images with impressive detail. The camera also features a Venus Engine FHD for high speed shooting up to 3.8fps. It’s also equipped with HD Video allowing you to record 1080p High Definition video in the AVCHD format. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 features ISO 160-6400, Micro Four Thirds 14mm F2.5 ASPH Lens that contains 6 elements in 5 groups, and has 3.0 inch touch screen TFT LCD monitor with 460,000 dots. It has measures 107.7mm (W) x 67.1mm (H) x 32.5 mm (D) with weight up to 222g or 7.83 oz (Body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Is the camera easy to use?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has a rounded design which makes the camera looks more compact compared to the GF2. Weighing around 222g, this camera is the lightest camera in the class G series cameras is equipped with 3-inches touch screen feature that has a rotary control button to allow users to adjust various settings according to desired needs. As in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, settings on the camera viewfinder is done on the LCD screen to keep the impression of a pocket camera without a viewfinder.

This camera has a touchscreen lock and also equipped with the Quick Menu button to access a menu of recently used and allows users to access frequently used settings like ISO or metering mode. The camera is lightweight and small compared to a DSLR camera. I would happily take it around town all day without worrying hurting my neck.

How does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 perform?

This camera will provide satisfaction for those of you with easy operation and quick. You can turn on the camera and directly take pictures in just one second. The image quality is great with vibrant colors. In bright condition the camera is focusing system is quick and accurate, but it’s a different story when you’re shooting in low light condition. At high ISO, you’ll see some digital noise generated by this camera but I would say that the image looks much better compared to GF2.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 can produce great movie with 1080p resolution in AVCHD format, autofocus is running smoothly without any noise. Video in low light condition is also good without having too much noise.

You can choose one of the lenses between Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens and Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that can be used with this camera to produce high image quality. The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens is our favorite for its slim size and its ability to deliver good quality pictures in low light conditions.

Should I buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is currently the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera equipped with a built in flash and offers high quality photos, High speed focusing, fast continuous shooting, and full HD video. The camera also takes superb image in low light condition. More advanced users will also love this camera since it is equipped with full manual control.

Are there any alternatives out there?

If you want a compact camera which produces images almost as good as DSLR, then this is your best bet. But for photographers who demand more and don’t mind the size of their camera, the Nikon D5100 or Canon EOS 1100D would serve you better.

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“Colours are accurate when using the default Standard setting, with lots of scope to adjust the JPEG output to suit your own tastes, and the auto white balance is spot-on in most lighting conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“The 14mm lens gives a fairly wide 28mm equivalent focal length, which is perfect for landscapes, general sightseeing and group shots, and while it’s not so good for individual portraits, there’s always the option to crop photos after capture.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMAG reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“Video quality is excellent—fine details are evident in the footage, and colors are very nice. The camera has a mini HDMI port so you can connect it to an HDTV to watch your footage on a large screen, and a proprietary USB port for computer interface.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“Auto focus in video mode is very impressive however, or at least was with our wide-angle test lens attached, softly and silently adjusting perspective in a non jarring fashion as we panned from one subject to another.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“The high quality feel and small size combined with plenty of control makes the GF3 a great camera for experienced photographers who want to travel light as well as novices moving up from a compact camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“the Panasonic GF3 performed pretty well, with good though slightly cool color in the Far-field shot. Skin-tones were fairly realistic in our Outdoor Portrait shot, with a healthy-looking pink tint. Exposure accuracy was about average, as the camera required +0.7 EV compensation for our Outdoor Portrait shot to keep facial tones reasonably bright.”
rating: N/A

Ephotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“The enhanced hand grip on the front of the camera, and solid build quality make it easy to hold, however we wish it was still as feature packed as the GF2. At least the camera is still capable of delivering excellent image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Dcresource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and writes;
“I decided to use the brand new Panasonic/Leica F1.4, 25mm lens for our macro test shot. Aside from the slight brown color cast, the photo looks great. The subject is tack sharp, with plenty of detail captured. Colors are saturated and accurate..”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 User Reviews

My wife loves it
“The GF3 user interface is fantastic. No mode dial of the GF1 but GF3 gave focus selection point which speed things back up. Contrast detect is wonderful. I also thought the GF3 UI learning curve is very intuitive.” – By W. Soh
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Camera
“Low light photos come out great, the flash (while not as powerful as my Nikon) is adequate for most situations, and response is quick. Pictures are sharp and skin tones are natural.” – By Joseph S
Rating: ★★★★★

Niftiest little camera
“Of course, the way to really maximize image quality is to pair this camera with Leica M or screw mount lenses via simple adapters. The camera makes it super easy to manually focus and expose right from the touchscreen.” – By S. Fazli
Rating: ★★★★★

An excellent step up from a point and shoot or a great DSLR companion
“The 14mm f/2.5 kit lens is compact and nicely made. It is sharp from corner to corner, even wide open. If you shoot JPEG and turn on the camera’s shading compensation vignetting is not much of an issue, and you’ll might notice it in 1% of your photos.” – By Anthony Pantliano
Rating: ★★★★☆

Little Street/Travel Camera
“It’s size, speed and ease of use makes it a perfect street/trail camera. I love the different focus options available, and I switch between the automatic (iA), touch focus, and manual focus quickly & often.” – By Tony D.
Rating: ★★★★★

Sample Photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Sample Photos Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 160
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
Lens Focal Length: 31mm (35mm Camera Equiv: 62mm)
White Balance: Cloudy
File Format: JPEG

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Sample Photos Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 160
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
Lens Focal Length: 91mm (35mm Camera Equiv: 182mm)
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Sample Photos Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 160
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
Lens Focal Length: 25mm (35mm Camera Equiv: 50mm)
White Balance: Daylight
File Format: JPEG


Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 User Manual (PDF 34570 kb)


Model Name:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Number of effective pixels
12.1 million pixels

Image sensor
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)

Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

File format (Still images)
JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW,
MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)

File format (movie)
AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG

Number of recorded pixels
L:<3:2>4,000×2,672 <16:9>4,000×2,248
M:<3:2>2,816×1,880 <16:9>2,816×1,584
S:<3:2>2,048×1,360 <16:9>1,920×1,080

Micro Four Thirds system lens mount
focal length: f=14mm
Full-aperture: F2.5

Equivalent to ISO 160 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
ISO AUTO Control available

Exposure control
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system, Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot

Exposure mode
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual

Shutter speed
Still Images: 1/4,000 – 60
Motion Image: 1/16,000 – 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 – 1/25 (PAL)

Continuous shooting
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)

Auto bracketing
AE Bracketing (3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV)
AE Lock (Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock)
Exposure Compensation (1/3 EV Step, ±3 EV)

White balance
Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, 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
White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis

Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.

LCD monitor
3.0 inch (7.5 cm), approx. 460,000 dots, TFT LCD with Touch panel (Approx. 100% coverage)

Movie recording
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Image): AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042, Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042, Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Actual Recordable Time (Motion Image): AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 65 min with H-FS014042, Approx. 70 min with H-PS14042, Approx. 75 min with H-H014

107.7 (W) mm x 67.1 (H) mm x 32.5 (D) mm / 4.24in. (W) x 2.64in. (H) x 1.28 in. (D)

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)
Approx. 359g / 12.66 oz. (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
Approx. 429g / 15.13 oz. (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)

Accessories included
LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
Lens Cap
Battery Charger
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh)
AV Cable
USB Connection Cable
Shoulder Strap
Stylus Pen
Owner’s manual

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