Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Overview


First introduced in August, 2011, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is a 12 MP Mirrorless with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Panasonic replaced the older Panasonic GF2 with Lumix DMC-GF3. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Panasonic GF3 with Panasonic GF2

Panasonic replaced Lumix DMC-GF3 with Panasonic GF5. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Panasonic GF3 with Panasonic GF5


Panasonic GF3 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-GF3

Sensor resolution of Panasonic GF3 ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Panasonic GF3 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Panasonic GF3 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Panasonic GF8 2016 16MP 200 - 25600 266g 107 x 65 x 33mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Panasonic GF7 2015 16MP 200 - 25600 266g 107 x 65 x 33mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Panasonic GF6 2013 16MP 160 - 12800 323g 111 x 65 x 38mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Panasonic GF5 2012 12MP 160 - 12800 267g 108 x 67 x 37mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Panasonic GF3 2011 12MP 160 - 6400 264g 108 x 67 x 32mm

Proc and Cons of Panasonic GF3


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
AF Face Detection
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
264g Light Body
±3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Touch Screen
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
23 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
No Built-in Viewfinder
Low Screen Resolution: 460k dots
Low Battery Life: 300 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
No External Flash
Slow Continuous Shooting: 460 fps
Type Scores

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 has an Overall Score of 54/100 and ranked #175 out of 195 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #427 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Panasonic GF3 Scores
Imaging score
45
Features score
49
Value for money score
70
Portability score
94
Overall score
54
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 GF3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 weighs 264g and has external dimensions of 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.26"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 320g, Panasonic GF3 is 56 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Panasonic GF3 is less by 6mm more than the average length in Entry-Level Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Panasonic GF3
264g
Average weight
320g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Panasonic GF3
32mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with the dimensions:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Lumix DMC-GF3 Dimensions Lumix DMC-GF3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Panasonic GF2 310 g 264 g 113 x 68 x 33 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Panasonic GF5 267 g 264 g 108 x 67 x 37 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Panasonic GF1 385 g 264 g 119 x 71 x 36 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Panasonic G3 336 g 264 g 115 x 84 x 47 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Panasonic GF6 323 g 264 g 111 x 65 x 38 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic GM1 204 g 264 g 99 x 55 x 30 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Panasonic GF7 266 g 264 g 107 x 65 x 33 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm
Olympus PEN E-PM1 Olympus E-PM1 265 g 264 g 110 x 64 x 34 mm 108 x 67 x 32 mm

Specifications of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-GF3
Announced August, 2011
Body Type Rangefinder-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 Fixed
Screen Resolution 460k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder None
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
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 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 6.30
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 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 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
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 300 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 264 g
Physical Dimensions 108 x 67 x 32 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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