Panasonic's Lumix G3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is the company's latest addition to what it likes to call its "compact system cameras " lineup. The G3 features a viewfinder like its predecessor, the G2, but is both more compact and a bit lighter than the earlier camera.
The G3 adds a full 1080 HD video capability not found in the G2, along with a one-touch dedicated video capture button. Resolution jumps to 16 megapixels (from 12.1) with Venus Engine FHD processing technology and Panasonic is claiming improved noise performance over the earlier camera despite all those extra pixels residing on the new sensor.
There's a new LightSpeed AF system that offers fast auto focus times and improved manual focus performance per Panasonic. The camera will initially be offered in kit form with a Lumix 14-42 zoom lens (our review unit), and there are currently eleven Lumix lenses available, along with older Leica "M" and "R" lenses that may be mounted via adaptor.
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