It’s really hard not to like the GF3 – it’s very small, very stylish, very easy to use and is capable of delivering very good image quality too. On top of this it also offers a generous amount of user control, some useful shooting features and excellent HD video recording abilities. Our only real concern is that the removal of the hot-shoe is a step backwards in terms of flexibility. In this respect serious photo enthusiasts may find the G3, although larger and heavier, a better option. For everyone else though, the GF3 and 14mm pancake lens combination is an irresistibly cool combination that feels just right in the hand. If you’re looking for a compact system camera with the emphasis on ‘compact’ and you can live without a hot-shoe, then you’ll probably love the GF3.
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