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Lumix DMC-G3

Price £480 with 14-42mm lens | Company Panasonic | Web www.panasonic.co.uk| Contact 0844 844 3899

Choosing a camera to use in your workflow can be tricky. It will need to fulfil a variety of functions, from macro photos to use as custom textures, to reference shots taken the instant you get inspired.

The compact system camera (CSC) is a good option. It’s a do-all setup first introduced to the market by Panasonic, and the G3 reviewed here is part of its latest generation of smaller cameras that accept interchangeable lenses. It sits near the top of the company’s line-up, just below the GH2.

Unlike many CSCs the G3 has a viewfinder built-in, so images can be composed in this, or on the 3-inch 460,000 dot LCD. Although the viewfinder is electronic, it provides a clear view (if rather digitised) and it’s useful in very bright light when the main screen can be hard to see.

The screen is mounted on an articulating hinge, which makes it easy to compose shots from a variety of angles. This combines well with the screen’s touch-sensitivity. There’s also a Touch AF mode, which enables an autofocus (AF) point to be set by finger on screen, and Touch Shutter mode, in which the camera is triggered to focus and take a shot, again, with a touch of the screen. Both functions come in very handy.

As well as being easy to use, with plenty of control, the G3 produces impressive images. Its autofocus, white balance and exposure systems perform well and there’s little coloured noise visible in JPEG images taken across the sensitivity range, ISO 160-6400. Shots taken at ISO 1600 or above are a little softer than those taken at lower settings though.

With great image quality aided by a variety of interchangeable lenses, the G3 is a great camera for all needs that’s made even better by the touch sensitive, adjustable screen.




Features:

  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • 3-Inch 460,000 dot articulating touchscreen
  • 1,440,000 dot electronic viiewfinder (EVF)
  • Program, aperture priority and manual exposure modes
  • 17 scene exposure modes
  • 4fps continuous shooting at full resolution
  • Full HD (1,920x1,080 pixel) video
  • Six preset and One Custom Photo Style mode

Rating: 4.5/5