Panasonic Lumix GF3 Is Small, Light, Powerful Camera
The Lumix DMC-GF3 from Panasonic is a micro four-thirds camera model that is easy to carry yet has a built-in flash, interchangeable lenses, and a 12.1MP sensor. It can capture High Definition (1080/60i) video. With an optional lens, it can also shoot 3D still photos.
The Lumix GF3 is about 16 percent lighter and smaller than its predecessor, the Lumix GF2. The aluminum body has been redesigned and includes an ergonomic grip and a 3-inch touchscreen LCD.
Panasonic says that even images you capture in low light at high ISO settings are sharp. Its Contrast autofocus system is supposedly superior to traditional digital SLRs when you're taking photos in low light with wide-open lens aperture. The GF3's autofocus locks in approximately 0.18 seconds, and it also has Light Speed AF, which measures at approximately 0.1 seconds and is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the sensors drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps.
You can control the camera using its highly interactive touchscreen or the more traditional mode thumb wheel. One tap on the dedicated video record button lets you instantly start recording 1920 x 1080 HD video in the AVCHD format.
The Lumix GF3 will sell for $700 with the 14mm lens kit and be on shelves next month. In late August 2011, you can buy the Lumix GF3 with the 14-42mm lens kit for $600.
Panasonic has also announced a new interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH. (H-X025), compatible with the Lumix G Series cameras. The lens will ship in August, and pricing will be available about 30 days beforehand.