(FT5) HOT! Panasonic GF3 leaked!!!

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And here it is the new Panasonic GF3!!! It has been leaked inside the video you can see below. Panasonic chose to replace the only eight month old Panasonic GF2 in order to compete against the upcoming NEX-C3 (which will be announced on June 8th). Yes guys, as we all know the Megapixel war is over and let’s say hello to the Miniaturization war! P.S.: You can see the GF2 vs NEX-C3 size comparison here. The GF3 has about the same size of the current Panasonic TZ cameras (Click here to see them on eBay).

Two more pictures (Click on them to enlarge!):

The GF3 mount is actually higher than the camera itself. We know from our sources the camera has no hot shoe and it’s almost completely a touchscreen oriented devices (why do we need buttons? Bleh!). We are not sure about the specs now but we do believe it features the same Panasonic G3 16 Megapixel sensor. The camera will be announced on June 13 at 7 am London time along the new Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (yes guys that’s FT5 for us!!!)

For those of you waiting for a more professional GF camera and worthy Fuji X100 competition wait a couple of months when Panasonic may will announce the Micro Four Thirds version of the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay).

You can see the GF3 inside that video starting from minute 3:40. It’s an official commercial made for Panasonic! I bet the video will be rmeoved soon!

Links to the cameras discussed in that article:
The current GF2 camera at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay. P.S.: You can get the Panasonic GF2 with 14-42mm lens for $499 only at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic G3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The current Sony NEX cameras at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic L1 Four Thirds camera at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic TZ compact cameras at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The beauty contest poll. Do you like the GF3 design?

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  • …will it blend? :)

  • Narretz

    Inuilt EVF would be … pointless? For the target audience an EVF is not what they want. People upgrading from a P&S are not interested in taking pictures with an EVF. An in-built flash however would give Pana an advantage over Sony. Think party pictures in bars and in the night.

  • holycat

    No internal flash and no hot shoe for external flash?
    Come on, even an iPhone 4 have a flash!

  • Francky

    Fuji x100…

  • Ulfric

    !? “… Panasonic may will announce the Micro Four Thirds version of the Panasonic L1”
    Already happened, years ago : Lumix G1

    • Godot

      Nah, the G1 is more of a shrunken L10. Garden-variety SLR styling and all that.

      What people are lusting after in the “m43 version of the L1” is the particular lines of the L1 and LC1 before it. Somewhat rangefinderesque, with a fairly high top plate to accommodate an EVF that doesn’t require a large hump.

  • Godot

    If this has an EVF, even low-res, it will be killer and I will get one. I see no problem at all with the looks. Love my GF1, but the LVF-1 kind of sucks, not because of the mediocre resolution (a drawback, not a fatal flaw), but because it comes off far too easily. It’s a bit of a hassle, and I worry I’ll lose it some day when it pops off as I slide the camera back into my bag.

    However, I don’t think the GF3 will have one. Those of you who are seeing evidence of an EVF in these photos are indulging in some serious wishful thinking, IMHO. But I do hope I’m wrong and you’re right.

  • Johnny Washngo

    Oh my, what a pointless waste of a camera. Panasonic hit a home run with the GF1 in my opinion. It was a great little camera which was chunky enough for y big man hands but portable enough to fit into a small bag plus it had most of the controls and buttons I would expect to find on my DSLR.

    But the GF2 was a huge step backwards. Replacing actual buttons with touchscreen controls is a mistake. But GF3 is a major mess up. No hotshoe? Fully touchscreen? Its like they want to produce a point n shoot camera but somehow think interchangeable lens would be also a good idea.

    They need to work out what made the GF1 so popular and build on that instead of pandering to current trends. No photography enthusiast will be interested in this body and nobody wanting a point n shoot camera will want to be bothering with different lens.

    • cbr09

      I think this fits with the way that I’ve seen Panasonic go with many of their product lines (eg consumer video cameras etc). The first of the line has lots of manual controls and other things to excite the enthusiasts and to sell in lower volumes and higher prices. They then gradually strip out those things that are not for the mass market (microphone jacks, manual controls etc) while improving on more saleable things like MP etc. I expect this is a good way of doing business even if it irritates forums like this.

      Eventually they introduce another higher level product line that is aimed at the specialist. The question is whether this is the GH2 or if there is scope for another product between the two. The top-end GH series does seem to get better at each iteration.

      Olympus operates a different philosophy. As far as I can remember for Olympus, each evolution of a product series is always better than the last. Sometimes as with the E400 or EPL1 they introduce a cut down version but as part of a lower series. I think this is because they are fundamentally a scientific instrument company rather than a consumer electronics giant. I suspect that the Panasonic model is a better business model in this market – but I actually prefer the Olympus model of continuous evolutional improvement.

  • Ardi GF2

    EVF: Refer to first photo where the girl is holding the GF3 at eye level, awfully very close to the eye suggesting an EVF.

    Flash HUMP: Look at the smallish photo on the right, hand shot holding the camera. Seemed like there is a pop up flash on the center hump (good to reduce right side shadows from flash firing from typical GF1 /GF2/ EPL1 / EPL2).

    Personally I hate G3 and GF3’s chrome bezel around the lens mount. If it ain’t gold or diamond-studded (like Tag Heuer’s), they shouldn’t bother to make such cheap looking bling-bling bezel. I have Lumix DMC-F1, FX100, GF2, 4 Lumix lenses, but for this one I voted fugly.

    • Godot

      “EVF: Refer to first photo where the girl is holding the GF3 at eye level, awfully very close to the eye suggesting an EVF.”

      This would put the EVF in a highly unlikely position — left of the LCD bezel.

      I think either Brod1er is right and she’s really holding the camera a foot or so in front of her face; or it’s just a silly fashion pose for a promo video. Unless and until proven otherwise, I’m still calling it wishful thinking.

  • Brod1er

    Don’t think she is holding it to her eye. She is looking at the LCD from a foot or so. The photo angle just makes it foreshortened- that is also why the camera looks so big compared to her head. Unbuilt flash makes much more sense than EVF because-
    -It has been Pannys approach to include one
    -NEX doesn’t have one
    -Users of a small cam won’t carry a separate flash

  • bravo

    very disappointing, seems M43 is only for point&shooters, as least itself believe so…

    very disappointing.

    • it depends how your brain tells you how to deal with it, enough people out there who can show serious portfolios made with m43

  • bravo

    forget about evf,

    its just a fashion pose.

    I doubt the girl knows how to switch on the camera.

    • c_man

      What are the chances of the GF3 having a flip out LCD?

      If zero chances, I will go for the G3.
      If the GF3 *may* have that flip out screen I think I’d wait. It’s the only reason I didn’t go for the GF2. I have no need for a EVF…

      Can anyone confirm either way?

      EDIT: didn’t mean to reply to a particular comment, sorry..

    • Tom

      The girl is smart enough to record her own album in LA and Thailand.
      I doubt you don’t know how to respect any ladies including your mom too.

  • U don’t even need viewfinder ^^ see the a picture above
    Putting the camera on your forehead makes a telepathic connection!

  • Brod1er

    Think this thread isgoing round incircles. Please can we have some new news to chew over Admin?

  • Brod1er

    The EVF is a dream. It is unlikely to fit and will make the camera way too expensive. Most users wont want it. Wait for the “semi-pro” model.

  • Cal

    What the ….! is Panasonic doing with their GF lineup? I don’t think Panasonic or Olympus are thinking. I don’t think they have no idea what the …..! they’re doing at all. STOP MAKING BODIES!!!! MAKE SOMETHING WORTH WHILE, LIKE MAYBE A CAMERA!!! Panasonic must have the worst marketing department…

    • JD

      What do you mean by stop making bodies, make cameras? They’re sold as complete camera kits. What are they missing that you want?

  • che

    i thought my E-PL1 was unbeatable in that region of design but this goes way beyond ugly.
    Btw i have some issues with site on chrome. there is heavy clipping in images and videos for some time now. Btw site didnt work today for a while.

  • c_man

    What are the chances of the GF3 having a flip out LCD?

    If zero chances, I will go for the G3.
    If the GF3 *may* have that flip out screen I think I’d wait. It’s the only reason I didn’t go for the GF2. I have no need for a EVF…

    Can anyone confirm either way?

    • admin

      ZERO

      • 43RC

        Judging from the video, it can’t flip to the side. And screen would have to be very thin.
        Only way would be to flip up, like Olympus C-5060 & C-7070.
        I liked that design – so much better than NEX tilt screen.

  • Bhz

    This is crazy, how can they make the wonderful GF1 and make so much mistake on GF2 (and surely GF3)…

    • kaine

      Because they like to rinse their customers. Abit like Oly. They both deserve to fail.

  • popeye

    nice sensor but sucha’ crappy new camera tool .. touchscreen etc. i’ll stick with my gf1 till someone will release some really semi-pro m43 camera.

  • Q

    Lol, Sony (NEX) is making Panasonic nervous so they run around like headless chicken trying to come up with a NEX beater.

  • stickytape

    Wow…feels like someone at Panasonic is drawing their aesthetic inspiration from electronics of a decade ago. If only I had the money before they discontinued the GF1. It still baffles me why they would discontinue it when they have no intention of replacing it with a camera of a higher calibre.

    Here’s to hoping Panasonic stops feeling like they need to match every model that Sony releases. They’ll be continually playing catch-up if they try to do that.

  • xerxrex

    Panasonic GF3 Main Features
    – 16.6MP CMOS sensor (standard Micro Four Thirds size);
    – ISO 100 – 12,800;
    – 1080P/60i HD;
    – 3 inch 460,000 dots Multi-angle swing and tilt;

    Panasonic GF3 Appearance
    103.3 x 59.3 x 36.2 mm

    It can be confirmed that the Panasonic GF3 is around 10-15% less high, less wide, less thick than the current GF2. So the Panasonic GF3 will be the smallest Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras.

    enjoy
    xerxrex

    • So no EVF ;)
      I don’t get the size competition, these cameras will always be bigger than a compact (and smaller than an SLR) and I doubt you can feel much difference holding it compared to its slightly bigger brother.
      Focus on things that really will make a difference! IQ, ISO performance, EVF, AF speed, battery life, etc.

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