Latest Lumix Smallest In The World
- 3.8 frames per second shooting
- Full HD video recording
- Touch focus control
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds System camera weighs 222 grams, which is claimed to make it the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera.
The DMC-GF3 has a rounded design that is both compact and comfortable to hold, with an ergonomic grip and small footprint that still houses a built-in flash. The durable metal mount is surrounded by a silver-coloured ring, and the camera is available in a range of attractive colours – black, white and red.
With a newly-designed mount, the LUMIX DMC-GF3 is downsized by approximately 16.7 per cent (approximately 35cc) in size and 16.2 per cent (approximately 43 grams) in weight compared with its predecessor.
The camera is easy to operate with a newly adopted control dial and control buttons at your fingertips. With intuitive touch-control shooting, users touch the LCD to focus and lock on the subject, and follow it with AF Tracking.
The Lumix DMC-GF3 is equipped with a Dust Reduction System. If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera while the photographer is changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The Dust Reduction System helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically about 50,000 times per second, the filter effectively repels dust and other particles.
It comes with the enhanced Venus Engine FHD image processor and the 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor. Low-light performance is outstanding, claims Panasonic, with clear, sharp images achieved when shooting at high ISO sensitivity settings.
It also features the Precision Contrast AF System with the world's fastest level of approximately. 0.18 second, and Pinpoint AF combined with touch-control shooting. A redesigned shutter in the new mount unit offers improved consecutive shooting up to 3.8 frames per second in full resolution.
Photographers can utilise the 1920 x 1080 Full HD AVCHD video recording. Panasonic’s advanced AF system with full-time AF and tracking AF is also available so that every photographer can enjoy high-quality video recording with ease.
Users have even more scope to create unique images, with new modes including ‘Creative Control’ to adjust colours more intuitively, and ‘Photo Style’ for finer control of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction.
In addition to the renowned Intelligent Auto (iA), iA Plus mode has been added, allowing photographers who want to increase their creative skills to also make manual adjustments to the defocusing area, exposure compensation and white balance. This mode is available in both photo and video recording.
The LUMIX G Micro System achieves impressive image quality through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction. High resolution is achieved through the high-grade lenses and precision AF; the optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction achieves lifelike image rendering; and high precision auto exposure and white balance with live light metering achieves faithful colour reproduction.
The Venus Engine Full HD image processor on the LUMIX DMC-GF3 offers new noise reduction technology for even better clarity and colour reproduction in low-light situations. This advanced noise reduction system improves S/N by around 3dB at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. The image processor is also designed to extend battery life.
The new camera will be available in Australia in August, with pricing to be announced closer to the launch date.