Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am


The Lumix GF3 continues the trend of compact digital cameras that give you the flexibility to change the lens, but is even smaller and less bulky than its two predecessors.

Instead of the boxy, rectangular body of the GF1 and GF2, the GF3 trims off the top slightly, with the body now sloping down from the lens holder.

The GF3 keeps many of the features that made the series such a popular choice, such as 12-megapixel imaging and the 3-inch touch screen interface, HD video capture, and of course, support for the full range of lenses for all shooting occasions. It even sports the newer three-core Venus Engine FHD processor, which is the same as the higher-end G3 and GH2 models.

That's not to say there are no compromises. First, gone is the flash hot shoe, which means that you won't be able to add an external flash to the model. Perhaps more annoying is the fact that other accessories, such as an external micro, or an optical viewfinder, won't be supported either.

Gone, too, is the stereo microphone for videos, so you only get monotone sound. There is also a slight adjustment for the minimum ISO, which starts at ISO160 instead of the ISO100 of its predecessors, meaning it needs more light for shots.

The Lumix DMC-GF3 is HK$4,590 for just the body, and HK$5,590 (14mm) and HK$6,690 (14-42mm) bundled with a lens.

Pros: lighter, smaller, advanced processor, micro 4/3 format, touch screen interface

Cons: no stereo microphone, no flash shoe