Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 13 2011

Panasonic Lumix GF3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

Panasonic announced their annual refresh to the Lumix GF-series of compact interchangeable lens cameras. This time, they’ve made the Lumix GF3 even smaller (17% smaller than the Lumix GF2) and simpler, aiming it more at the ‘average Joe consumer’ than the original GF1. Check it out:

  • 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (adapters available for normal Four Thirds and Leica lenses)
  • Venus Engine FHD image processor
  • 3 inch touchscreen LCD (460k pixels)
    Things you can do with the touchscreen: Autofocus point selection, touch shutter, navigating menus and playback mode
  • Intelligent Auto (your standard ‘camera automatically selects the right settings’ mode) and Auto Plus modes
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode and flash hotshoe
  • High speed autofocusing, what Panasonic calls”Light Speed AF”
  • ISO range: ISO 160 to 6400
  • Creative Control mode (rebranded from My Color mode) allows you to use effects on photos
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30 FPS) movie mode with mono sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in August for $600 (with 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens) and $700 (with 14 mm f2.5 pancake lens)
  • Comes in your choice of black, white, red or brown

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