Panasonic GF3 – New Panasonic Lumix With The Best Price And Deals
Panasonic has caused it to be pretty clear that it believes the big market chance of mirrorless cameras lies in attracting compact camera users that are keen to upgrade, but don’t want the bulk and complexity of a DSLR. The move from enthusiast-friendly GF1 to the simpler, more beginner-focused GF2 was something on the disappointment for those enthusiasts, but made numerous sense in terms of broadening the benefit of the Micro Four Thirds system. Along with, in the light of Sony’s NEX-C3, it’s pretty clear Panasonic just isn’t alone in this line of imagining.
With the Panasonic GF3, Panasonic continues to help you court the mass market, with an important camera that furthers its trend involving simplification and new-user befriending. It’s a gentle refresh within the GF2 but one from which a lot more features and controls (as well as size and weight) happen to be removed. It’s still a 12MP camera although the addition of the latest three-core Venus Program FHD processor gives it the striking speed of its G3 and GH2 brothers and sisters.
Building on the simple touchscreen design of the GF2, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 loses Panasonic’s trademark rear click-dial, instead making do that has a compact camera-style dial around the four-way controller. This and the loss of both the flash hot shoe plus rear accessory port underline Panasonic’s determination to stay things small, simple, unthreatening and reasonably priced. The stereo mics of its predecessor have gone, further casualties of the downsizing system.
Despite being based around the same 12MP sensor when the GF2, the GF3’s new processor allows it to handle autofocus information 120 times per further, as in the most recent G-series units. This considerably improves AF speed together with, in turn, makes the camera think extremely responsive. This in itself will be a revelation for many compact photographic camera users, as the speed of focus acquisition is at least practically most entry-level DSLRs when used utilizing their respective kit zooms.
The faster processor also helps the continuous shooting rate edge around 3. 8 frames per second – a good 20% improvement – or 2. 8 fps while maintaining live view. Interestingly, the camera’s ISO range have been restated as starting at 160, as opposed to 100. We have been led to believe this represents a recalibration to get the most from the sensor response, rather than a hassle-free renaming of the existing setting.
Outside of the external changes, the GF3 gains all the features introduced with the G3, for example iA+, a variant of the Intelligent Auto mode so that additional user control. The GF3 also gets the G3’s 4x magnified picture-in-picture manual target, pinpoint AF and tracking AF. Better flexible ‘Photo Styles’ color presets also migrate across with the G3, along with the ‘Creative Control’ processing filters.
Naturally the Panasonic GF3 also gets a couple of brand-new features all of its have. There’s an additional creative filter called ‘Miniature’, a variant on the currently-fashionable faux-tilt contact lens look that employs a touchscreen interface to allow the user an unusual amount of control during the final effect. It’s also now possible to extract a frame at a movie during playback and save it in the form of (small) still image.
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