Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 14
Features 50
Size 79
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps))
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 115 x 84 x 47 mm
  • Weight: 336 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic G2.
  • Replaced by Panasonic G5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-G3 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jul 11, 2011. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product G2 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one G2.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #148 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #473 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 667
  • Number Of Focus Points: 23
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 has the following external dimensions 115 x 115 x 47 mm (45.28 x 33.07 x 18.5″) with the weight of 336 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 47mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 — 270 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 — 47 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 — 336 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 comes with Venus Engine FHD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 has the following ISO range 160 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 56 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,440k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-G3 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-G3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-G3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 allows you to save files in AVCHD and Motion JPEG formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-G3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 provides a shooting life of 270, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-G3 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (115 x 84 x 47 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 can be called a 64 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (23)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (667)
  • Small battery life (270 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big size (115 x 84 x 47 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 can be called a 56 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.6)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (667)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-G3
Announced Jul 11, 2011
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 11
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 56
DxO Color Depth 21.0
DxO Dynamic Range 10.6
DxO Low Light ISO 667
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3448
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps))
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 336 g
Physical Dimensions 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Battery Life 270 shots
Battery Type 270 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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