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A compact camera with a changeable lens that offers ease of use and top image quality
Panasonic has launched its new G series compact system camera, the G3. Sitting side-by-side the G2 that was released last year, the new camera held the title as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera – albeit briefly.
Key selling points include the 16MP sensor, full 1080p movie recording and a blisteringly fast autofocus system that will be ideal for those capturing fast subjects like children or animals. The camera also boasts both the manual P, A, S, M modes that will appeal to an advanced user, and intelligent Auto mode (iA) which enables beginners and enthusiasts to shoot some fantastic images. Artistic captures can be made with the creative control filters found on the mode dial.
The flip and rotate 3-inch LCD screen is fantastic for shooting at awkward angles and can also be closed to help ensure your screen stays scratch-free when not in use. As an intuitive touch screen it is perfectly sensitive and responds well to even a lighter touch when looking to change settings or use the fast-firing finger tap shutter release. It also comes boxed with a stylus pen for those who don’t fancy fingerprint marks dotted around the screen.
On review of our test shots we noted their great quality, clarity and rich tones. Zooming in, all images were sharp with plenty of detail present even in the shadows, while good contrast levels showed clear definition between the light and shadow areas and made each image stand out. Colours also appeared punchy and full, which was fantastic as all captures looked realistic and true to life.
Overall we were really impressed with the Panasonic G3 and its performance, and believe that now would be a great time to buy into the growing compact system camera market.
The G3 is a fantastic, intuitive camera that upholds Panasonic’s great CSC reputation. It would be a wonderful investment for those looking to step up their photography skills.