Read the full Panasonic Lumix GF3 review

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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A Scotland

June 13, 2011, 4:06 pm

No rating?


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.


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).


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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