Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Review

Overall Score

62

Main Features

  • 16 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 160 - 6400 ISO
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1440k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 115 x 84 x 47 mm, 336g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: Lumix DMC-G2
  • Replaced by: Lumix DMC-G5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Overview


First introduced in July, 2011, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is a 16 MP Mirrorless with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Panasonic replaced the older Panasonic G2 with Lumix DMC-G3. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Panasonic G3 with Panasonic G2

Panasonic replaced Lumix DMC-G3 with Panasonic G5. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Panasonic G3 with Panasonic G5


Panasonic G3 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Sensor resolution of Panasonic G3 ~ 4613 x 3468 pixels.

Panasonic G3 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 15,997,884 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Panasonic G3 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G95 Panasonic G95 2019 20MP 200 - 25600 536g 130 x 94 x 77mm
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Panasonic G9 2017 20MP 200 - 25600 658g 137 x 97 x 92mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Panasonic G7 2015 16MP 100 - 25600 410g 125 x 86 x 77mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic G6 2013 16MP 160 - 25600 390g 122 x 85 x 71mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Panasonic G5 2012 16MP 160 - 12800 396g 120 x 83 x 71mm

Proc and Cons of Panasonic G3


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Touch Screen
AF Face Detection
4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
336g Light Body
23 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Articulating Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
1440k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
Selfie Friendly Screen
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
Low Screen Resolution: 460k dots
Low Battery Life: 270 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Continuous Shooting: 460 fps
Type Scores

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 has an Overall Score of 62/100 and ranked #118 out of 195 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #280 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Panasonic G3 Scores
Imaging score
48
Features score
63
Value for money score
76
Portability score
90
Overall score
62
Average Scores in Entry-Level Mirrorless
Imaging Score
51
Features Score
60
Value For Money Score
76
Portability Score
91
Overall score
62

Physical Dimensions of Panasonic G3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 weighs 336g and has external dimensions of 115 x 84 x 47mm (4.53 x 3.31 x 1.85"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 320g, Panasonic G3 is 16 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Panasonic G3
336g
Average weight
320g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Panasonic G3
47mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with the dimensions:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Lumix DMC-G3 Dimensions Lumix DMC-G3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Panasonic G5 396 g 336 g 120 x 83 x 71 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Panasonic G2 428 g 336 g 124 x 84 x 74 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Panasonic G7 410 g 336 g 125 x 86 x 77 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic G6 390 g 336 g 122 x 85 x 71 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Panasonic GH3 550 g 336 g 133 x 93 x 82 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Panasonic GX7 402 g 336 g 123 x 71 x 55 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Panasonic GF3 264 g 336 g 108 x 67 x 32 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Panasonic GH2 442 g 336 g 124 x 90 x 76 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm

Specifications of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3


General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-G3
Announced July, 2011
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 103
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 460k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 1440
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 11.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3448
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 160
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 270 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 336 g
Physical Dimensions 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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