Panasonic GF3 Announced

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is the latest in the compact Micro Four Thirds GF-series – and it’s the smallest yet.  Panasonic says the GF3 is over 16% smaller than its already-small predecessor, the GF2.  The GF3 has a 12.1MP sensor, a 3-inch Live View touchscreen LCD and can also capture 1080/60i AVCHD video.

The compact shooter has a sensitivity range of ISO 160-6400.  While the GF3 offers a pop-up flash, there is no hot shoe to be found as in the former GF1 and GF2 models.

The Panasonic GF3 will be available in July with a 14mm f/2.5 kit lens for around $700. In August, the GF3 will be available with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for around $600.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Clearly, Panasonic is aiming at a more mainstream market with this latest iteration.  And, frankly, that’s probably a better fit for this series anyway – even as big of a fan that I was of the GF1.

This new GF3 looks to be a nice entry into interchangeable lens world for a lot of casual photographers.  That said, given Panasonic’s outstanding track record with its Micro Four Thirds series, don’t expect this camera to be a slouch.  If you’re not the type to use an external flash and don’t have to have a viewfinder, the GF3 can likely be used to get some high-caliber shots for even the most discerning eye.

Alongside the GF3, Panasonic has also introduced a Leica-branded 25mm f/1.4 lens in the Micro Four Thirds mount.  According to Panasonic, the Leica 25mm f/1.4 is designed to take full advantage of the contrast AF functionality in its Lumix G Series cameras like the GF3.

No word on price for the new Leica lens, but we should know something in July. The Leica 25mm f/1.4 is set to be available in August.  (Update: An Amazon listing shows a pre-order for the lens with the price as $1100.)

More product shots of the GF3 in the gallery below.

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Comments

  1. James Dehnert says

    Personally, I think GF line is headed in the wrong direction. At least I picked up a GF-1 while I had the chance, and I’m also glad to see more lens options. I did hear a rumor that there might be more technical model in the future. It would be nice to get a few things back off of the screen and back onto the body for quick changes.

  2. bob solomon says

    No external flash for a $700 camera? No viewfinder for it? Market is those Canon buyers who think the G-12 is too big a bargain?

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