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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Panasonic Lumix G3 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcg3/

"The G3 heralds the start of Panasonic's third generation of mirrorless cameras. In some respects it's a refinement of previous models; its electronic viewfinder and hinged rear display screen are identical to the G1 and G2, for example. However, behind the aluminium front panel of its slimmed-down, externally-simplified body lies a completely new 16.7MP sensor. This makes it the first mass-market Micro Four Thirds model to move beyond Panasonic's 12MP chip."

This is one of those good news and bad news cameras, if you ask me. The image quaility is good, but the decrease in external controls and reduced grip means a lot of Panasonic's own lenses are harder to use. Still the price is not too bad (it is cheaper than the G2) and the improved image quality means it can hold its own against entry-level DSLRs, while providing a user interface that is more accessible to casual users. I am now waiting to see what Panasonic does with the GH3. Will they dumb it down like the G and GF series, or will they bump it up a spec to compete with the 60Ds and D7000s?


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-G3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:55 PM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4315

"Panasonic today announced the Lumix DMC-G3, a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera. As you might have guessed, this is the follow-up to the DMC-G2. The most significant changes here are a new sensor and an even smaller body."

That was fast. The G2 was announced in March 2010, so it has been just 14 months between the two cameras. That is an incredibly short time for a new product, and I think Panasonic is likely to be re-aligning their Micro Four Thirds line. The G3's most noteworthy new features are an all-new 16 megapixel sensor, along with a more compact, aluminium front (the previous G cameras were entirely plastic with a rubberised coating). Other improvements include a fast AF system from the GH2, 1080p videos at 30 FPS in a 60i container, the touchscreen interface from GF2. Continuous shooting speed is increased to 4 FPS. Not everything is improved though; to make the body smaller and reduce cost, the G3 has less buttons, dials and knobs than the G2. Also missing is the infrared sensor which allows for automatic switching between the EVF and reard LCD display. Other minor things changing for the worse include the loss of microphone input, simpler strap lugs, and the smaller battery used by the GF2.

I suspect Panasonic is trying to aim the Lumix G lineup at a broader market, like how Sony captured so many users with their NEX line. Both the GF2 and G3 are smaller and simpler than their predecessors; I only hope that the GH series remains intact as the flagship of the line.

The G3 will be available in black, white, red and brown in June, with the 14-42/3.5-5.6 lens for about US$700. More coverage at the below links, and more photos of the camera with the press release after the break.

Preview (with samples) of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 by DPReview.com

Q&A session with Panasonic representatives

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