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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3: The Incredible Shrinking Camera

You’ve got to love Panasonic and their streaming cavalcade of “smallest and lightest” claims that seem to be the grand marshal for every one of their camera press releases. This time it’s the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, a slimmed down mirrorless compact with interchangeable lenses that picks up where the GF2 left off. Panasonic is calling this one the “company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash.” For those not familiar with mirrorless camera technology, the main concept is the elimination of the mirror box in exchange for a precious size reduction. Mirrorless cameras rely on electronic viewfinders as a result, but the GF3 is devoid of one, which is a bit of a sacrifice. Panasonic claims that the DMC-GF3 body weighs 7.83 ounces, which is just under an 8oz cup of coffee.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 not only represents the Lolly Pop Guild when it comes to body size, but the camera has a “DSLR-sized” 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, which disqualifies it from being titled a Micro Four Thirds camera. I’m sure Panasonic means an APS-C sized chip, which is standard in most entry-level DSLRs, and places the GF3 in direct competition with Samsung’s NX series. The camera will be capable of shooting 1080/60i AVCHD video and offers support for the company’s full spectrum of Micro Four Thirds glass, including the 3D lens. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 will be available in black, white, red and brown bodies for suggested retail prices of $699.99 with the 14mm lens kit system starting in July 2011, and $599.99 with the 14-42mm lens kit system starting in late August this year. Meanwhile, here are some enticing specifications:


  • 16.7% smaller and 16.2% lighter than Panasonic GF2
  • 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor (most likely APS-C size)
  • 3-inch 460,000-pixel touchscreen LCD with drag-and-drop menu customization
  • Contrast and Light Speed AF systems for Auto Focusing
  • Touch AF in Video Record mode
  • Mega O.I.S. in kit lens
  • New iA Plus mode makes shooting even simpler
  • Miniature Effect added to Creative Control Suite
  • Thumb wheel control dial



























Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...