Moving on to the all-important question of image quality, Panasonic has
been at pains to stress the improvements they’ve made with the G3,
especially with regards to low-light performance. Having now used the
camera extensively, we find it hard to disagree with their claims.
taken with the G3 deliver plenty of punch, with bright colours, sharp
edges, accurate white balance and a noticeably wide dynamic range. In
partnership with the Venus FHD image processor the new sensor also
resolves plenty of fine detail.
This is further aided by
Panasonic’s Intelligent Resolution technology, which automatically
detects edges, detail and soft graduations and processes them
accordingly to leave edges sharp and detail intact.
put the G3 through its paces in a number of low-light situations we’
inclined to agree with Panasonic’s bold claim that the new sensor is far
less affected by intrusive image noise at high-ISO settings than previous G-series sensors.
only does the G3 perform well in a controlled test environment, but
more importantly it also produces exceptional results in real-world
situations where light is less than favourable. See our ISO Performance
pages for some real-world examples of the G3 at work and prepare to be
Overall, we’re mightily
impressed by the specifications, handling, performance and overall image
quality of the G3. Having spent some extended shooting time with it,
we’re confident enough to say that it’s Panasonic’s best G-series model
yet. Yes, the omission of an external microphone input will sadden some video enthusiasts, and the lack of an eye-sensor is an inconvenience but as an all-rounder, it excels. If you’re looking to buy into the micro system camera genre, you
should definitely consider the G3.