Panasonic Unveils the GF3: Small, Light, and Minimalistic

After having images of it leaked onto the Interwebs last week, Panasonic’s DMC GF3 Micro Four Thirds camera is now official. Like its predecessor, the GF2, the GF3 packs a 12-megapixel sensor, has a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, and shoots 1080p 1080/60i AVCHD video. In terms of differences, it has a faster processor that allows for faster autofocus times weighs 15% less, is 17% smaller, and is also even more simple than the GF2 — it lacks a hot shoe and has a pop-up flash there instead.

With a super stripped-down interface and dimensions similar to a smart phone, the GF3 may appeal to people who want to shoot with an interchangeable lens camera but avoid all the confusing buttons of a more advanced camera. It’ll be available in July 2011 for $700 with a 14mm lens included, and $600 in August with a 14-42mm lens.

  • Ger de Gram
  • Hugo Viens

    I can’t wait to to see how it will compare to cameras like the Canon S95 and G12… 

  • Don Horne

    Panasonic is taking the GF line further away from the prosumer market with the GF3. Makes me love my GF1 even more.

  • Terry

    I thought I had read that it can only do 1080i video.  And supposedly they are making 2 lines of GF cameras, one for beginners like the GF3 and another will be more like the GF1.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never needed the shoe or the flash on my GF1, but if I were to get rid of one, I’d rather lose the flash.

  • Tkhalifax

    Does Leica actually produce the optics for these camera or are they just buying use of the logo? I’ve heard conflicting stories.

  • Henning Nilsen

     They’re making A lens. Don’t expect Leica M quality tho.

  • Henning Nilsen

    I’m glad I upgraded to a Leica.

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  • kombizz

    I would love to have one in my small pocket.