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Panasonic Lumix GF3 hands-on - Sample Images: General Images

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Panasonic Lumix GF3 1

Used on the Standard profile, colour is pleasingly accurate and neither under- nor over-saturated

(1/640sec @ f/2.5, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 2

There's lots of fun to be had with the f/2.5 14mm kit lens

(1/400sec @ f/2.5, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 3

Did we mention how much we liked the f/2.5 14mm lens already?

(1/200sec @ f/2.5, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3

Metering can sometimes err slightly on the side of underexposure.

(1/100sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 3

You can use the Touch AF to define a point of focus by touching it on the LCD screen

(1/80sec @ f/2.5, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 1

Given its small size the GF3 lends itself especially well to street photography

(1/500sec @ f/2.5, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3...or even workmen photography

(1/4000sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 2

Select Aperture-priority mode to select how much depth-of-focus you want in your shots

(1/60sec @ f/2.5, ISO 500, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 4

The GF3 handles high-contrast scenes quite well when used on a regular shooting mode

(1/250sec @ f/4, ISO 160, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 5

We're a little less convinced by the 'High Dynamic' option in the Creative Controls menu though

(1/1600sec @ f/3.2, ISO 640, 14mm, AWB)

Panasonic Lumix GF3 5

1/250sec at f/8, 14mm, ISO 200, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3

1/1250sec at f/6.3, 14mm, ISO 400, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3 3

1/400sec at f/8, 31mm, ISO 400, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3 7

1/125sec at f/8, 14mm, ISO 200, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3

1/125sec at f/8, 33mm, ISO 200, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3 5

1/100sec at f/4.5, 18mm, ISO 160, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3

1/250sec at f/7.1, 42mm, ISO 160, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3

Creative Control (Miniaturisation), 1/160sec at f/5, 20mm, ISO 160, AWB

Panasonic Lumix GF3 3

1/100sec at f/5.6, 39mm, ISO 1600, AWB

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 8
  • Design & Features 9
  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 7

A Scotland

June 13, 2011, 4:06 pm

No rating?

Audley

June 13, 2011, 5:05 pm

@A Scotland. We don't give out ratings for hands-on previews such as this. Hopefully we'll have a full production sample in for review soon, and we'll score that in full.

PoisonJam

June 13, 2011, 5:39 pm

Cute little camera and impressive that the kit lens is 14mm at the wide end (as opposed to Canon and Nikon's kit lenses which start at 18mm).

uk26

June 13, 2011, 7:43 pm

This is a micro-four third camera. So 14mm means 28mm in FX standards. The crop factor for Four third/Micro Four third is 2x, where as APSC (Am I correct?) format has 1.5x. Hence 18mm means 27 or 28mm. as found in Canon/Nikon/Sony etc.

Mike B

April 15, 2012, 9:30 pm

Now you can pick one up for £200 it is a real bargain.

If you want the best compact experience then get the GF3X version as this comes with the X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens which is as small as the 20mm pancake! Again available for about £325, down from £550!

Images not quite as good as the GX1 but not far off.

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