New Panasonic G3 review (+ new video + preorders on eBay).

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Panasonic G3 in Paris (made by Hybridcams.fr).

That tiny G3 is really surprising me. It’s getting a very positive feedback from reviewers and also the image samples do look very good!
The latest review is form Jeff Keller from DCresource (Click here). The first impression is very good: “The camera can be held and operated with one hand, with the most important controls within easy reach of your fingers.” but “controls are more cluttered…that led to lots of accidental button-pressing“. “Highlight clipping seemed improved over previous models…Overall, the Lumix DMC-G3 produces very good quality photos“. “The camera tends to slightly underexpose, usually be 1/3 stop. That’s easy to fix with bracketing or by just increasing the exposure compensation up a bit.”
Final words: “All things considered, the DMC-G3 retains the features that made the G-series a favorite of mine, which is why this latest iteration earns my recommendation.

First preorders are now available on eBay too (Click here). According to Amazon UK (Click here) the G3 will be released on 17 June 2011! You can preorder the camera at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).

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  • kesztió

    I’ve drawn Jeff’s attention to the mistake about that the old DMC-G2 has a multi-aspect sensor (Jeff considered the lack of multi-aspect sensor was a regression comparing to G2).
    As I can see the error is already fixed.

  • OT: Admin, six pictures in nokton 12mm article are loading on your homepage.
    Maybe it’s just me, but it’s loading long time.. I admit I have very slow mobile connection now.

  • Tom

    http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_G3/

    cameralabs got an HighISO comparison as well. It looks like the G3 beats the 600D and D5100 up to ISO3200, beyond, it falls back!

  • MP Burke

    UK magazine Amateur Photographer reviewed the G3 recently (11th June) with the headline “smaller and more powerful than ever”. The overall score given was 83% compared to 86% for the Nikon D5100. AP’s tests show that the G3 sensor is giving similar resolution to 16MP slrs, with similar jpeg resolution to the D5100 right up to 6400ISO. In that respect the sensor seems to have been improved.
    Though none of this convinces me that I should buy a new camera this year, I am awaiting the news of the 25mm f1.4 lens with great interest.

  • The video looks over-exposed and not sharp to me. There’s also a lot of noise in the under-lit interior shots.

    Of course, it’s a mistake to draw too many conclusions from a video compressed for online viewing, but I don’t think the video looks very good.

    I’m a fan of Emeric’s videos — most are quite good — but this is not one of my favorites, and the G3 doesn’t seem to be doing him any favors.

    • Mr. Reeee

      For a brand new $600 camera, it looks pretty good. The music made it seem worse than it was. ;-)
      Since this was obviously an early attempt using it, I’d like to see what he comes up with after working with it a bit.

      The G3 should sell really well. Videos like this should help enormously.

      • I agree: If Emeric has reason to continue using the G3, he might produce some fine work with it. As I said, I like a lot of what he’s previously shot, so that bodes well for what he might do with the G3 in future. But this video looks so-so to me.

        BTW, I watched the video with the sound off, my normal practice when when evaluating the video quality of footage.

        Cheers.

        • Mr. Reeee

          Compared to the German surfing video posted a few days ago, this doesn’t look that great overall, but some shots look quite good.

          What is it with the horrible music people usually pick for these demo videos?

          MUTE is my favorite TV channel. ;-)

  • Hi guys,

    I’d like to clear some points reading your comments on the vid. I don’t want to justify anything, I just want to make things clear so that people can judge the G3 video knowing a few things ;-)

    The G3 is not made for “expert” videographers. The G3 has no manual controls of exposure in video mode. The only thing you can set is a fixed speed of either 1/50, 1/60, 1/100 or 1/120. So you don’t get to choose neither ISO, nor the aperture while filming, relying on the camera’s choice. However I don’t think the whole video is over-exposed, some shots obviously are, but not all of them.

    I only had the G3 for a week on , and clearly not enough time to use it. This was shot in two hours on a (big) lunch break :-) And unfortunately I don’t have the camera anymore, so I won’t be able to shoot anything else with it …

    As for the music, I felt it wasn’t going to be everyone’s taste, but at least it is mine :-)

    Thanks for watching and giving your feedback on the vid ! ;-)

    • Hi Emeric: Thank you for posting this info here. I wasn’t aware of the G3’s limitations regarding exposure control (or lack thereof). That certainly explains the over-exposures. :-)

      I had some hopes that the G3’s relatively good still image performance might carry over to its video performance, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

      I much appreciate your efforts, and as I said, I’m a fan of your work. I hope you sometimes have opportunities to shoot video on high-end cameras which deliver all/most of what your excellent eyes see.

      Cheers, and thanks again.

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