Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 – Mini But Mighty

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Have you heard about the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 yet? It is so small it almost looks like a point and shoot camera, but its looks are deceptive, because it has the features of much larger digital SLR models, including interchangeable lens capability.

Panasonic has long been know for being on the cusp of new technology, and their leap into four thirds, mirror-less camera technology is a prime example of that. This model, although practically brand new, is already receiving rave reviews. The fact is that in the point and shoot arena, they are getting higher marks than some of the new Nikon and Canon offerings.

This is the third model in the Panasonic GX line, and it may be their best effort thus far, judging by the expert opinions and user satisfaction.

If you are considering an entry-level camera that can compete with digital SLRs in terms of image quality and versatility, then read on.

Actually, the G3 looks more like a point and shoot camera than a professional model. This is due to the four thirds mirror-less technology which removes the need for a mirror. Thus the camera can have all the necessary "innerds" in a much smaller space.

Panasonic G3 Performance

This newest G-model sports a 16 megapixel sensor approximately as large as one of the APS-C sensors in digital SLRs. This new sensor provides excellent image quality, much better than its predecessor. In fact the quality rivals that of very popular digital SLRs such as the Canon T3i up to ISO 800. And do not look now, but it does all this for a price tag of several hundred dollars less.

Photographers who are buying their first interchangeable lens camera will probably like the small, compact size of this camera, but if you are using to a more traditional digital SLR, you will unduly need to get comfortable with the small size and feel. The size could be a benefit for those who are small. It will save on the physical fatigue that comes from hauling a large camera around all day.

One of the best features is the LCD screen. It is a full swivel screen that makes shooting from all angles very easy. There is also a touch-screen system that allows the user to interact with the camera by touching the screen.

The touch-screen technology works with the settings and menu navigation, but it also works when in live view. The photographer can touch the point on the live view screen to focus on that particular point. It is also possible to zoom in to a spot by touching the screen. This can be helpful when shooting macro images.

Although the camera has sufficient settings to satisfy the most control hungry photographer, it is possible just to use the iA setting and not have to worry about any other selections. It is "point and shoot on steroids." But even in iA (this stands for "intelligent Auto), you have some control if you want it. You can change the aperture, shutter speed, or ISO by just sliding your finger on an area of ​​the LCD screen.

The excitation is mounting with regard to the new cameras that are being produced. Many photographers are still heading for the traditional digital SLR selves in their camera stores, but if you are any kind of "out-of-the-box" photographer, or if new gear excites you, this could be your next best opportunity.