Major specification update, but reduction in body size
Panasonic has announced a new addition to its Lumix range, the Lumix G3 sits under the GH2 in the interchangeable lens camera range.
Billed as the smallest compact system camera with an electronic viewfinder, the Japanese manufacturer says the camera is a ‘comprehensive overhaul, not just a tweak.’
Panasonic Lumix G3 specs include a 25% smaller than then G2 and new 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, with improved low-light performance even at higher ISO levels. While the Venus Engine VI FHD sensor with Intelligent D-range Control and Advanced Intelligent Resolution for natural colours and exposures.
The 3-inch LCD is free angle, rotating 270-degrees up and down and 180-degrees left and right. Full Area Focusing means you can touch the frame at any point to focus and take a picture.
Other improvements include a 0.1 autofocus system, new Pinpoint AF system and Manual AF system.
Panasonic has boosted the video resolution from 720p in the G2 to full HD 1920x1080. By using the AVCHD fit twice as much footage fits on a memory card in comparison to Motion Jpeg.
T3 was lucky enough to have some hands-on time with the G3 earlier this week and first impressions are impressive. It's compact and comfortable to use and the autofocus seems quick. We'll bring you a full review over the next few days.
Panasonic Lumix G3 launch date: Mid June, link Panasonic
Panasonic Lumix G3 price: £459 body only and £629 with 14-42mm lens