The Lumix DMC-G3 has been launched by Panasonic after a ‘thorough and comprehensive overhaul’ of the G2 and is the latest addition to its G-series models.
Claimed to be the smallest compact system camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder, the Lumix DMC-G3 boasts a new 15.8-million-pixel imaging sensor which will help produce images ‘cleaner and freer of noise than ever before’.
A spokesman for Panasonic said: “With newly developed processing capabilities, the low-noise pixel area and the low-noise circuit are combined – resulting in a noise level of less than one-third of a conventional sensor.”
According to Dai Mukai, a senior digital imaging co-ordinator at Panasonic Japan, the quality of images delivered by the G3 is the same as that of the Lumix DMC-GH2 flagship model.
Compared with the G2, the G3 model is 25% smaller and 10% lighter (336g), but this does not affect the image quality, claimed Mukai in a meeting with photography magazine Amateur Photographer.
Panasonic said it has improved the quality of images at the maximum equivalent ISO of 6400 and that the G3 has an AF speed of 0.1secs – the same as the GH2 (using a 14-140mm lens).
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