Panasonic has announced an update to its Micro Four Thirds line with the release of the slimmer Lumix G3.
The G3 will be the successor to the G2, production of which will continue as it drops down to Panasonic’s entry level range. Overall the G3 is 25 percent smaller than its predecessor and comes with the same processor as the high-end GH2. The G3 packs in 15.8 megapixels and Panasonic claims it has “the world's fastest pinpoint autofocus speed” at approximately 0.1secs. The is also a range of AF modes including face detection, AF tracking and multiple-area AF with 23 focus areas. An articulated LCD touchscreen at the rear is a 460,000-dot model that rotates 180 degrees from side to side and 270 degrees up and down.
The Lumix G3 has a HD video shooting mode and a higher ISO of 6400 than the GH2. The G3 is certainly a very impressive looking machine and we had a chance to have a look at the camera prior to launch and will be bringing you a detailed hands-on very shortly. Price wise, Panasonic has said the camera will be priced similarly to the G2 and will cost between £629 and £649. The G3 will obviously appeal to those looking to update from the larger G2 but also GF1 owners who are looking for something with more features following the disappointment of the GF2 model. “With new features that enhance photo and video quality, the Lumix G3 offers exceptional image quality that a photographer at any level would be excited about using to capture their experiences” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.