Panasonic Lumix GF3 Company’s Smallest and Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera

Submitted by lalit on June 13, 2011 - 12:55pm.

Panasonic today announced its new Lumix DMC-GF3 camera, which is the company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash. It is 16.7% smaller and 16.2% lighter than its predecessor, the Lumix GF2. With the new camera Panasonic is aiming for consumers who are upgrading from point-and-shoot cameras, who want DLSR like image quality, but not camera size. The Micro Four Thirds System based camera has a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor along with Venus Engine FHD image processor for impressive low noise performance and full-high definition 1080/60i video recording.

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 features a high-speed and extremely precise Contrast AF system that locks in approximately 0.18 seconds. It also features Light Speed AF, an extremely fast AF that measures at approximately 0.1 seconds, which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the sensors drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps. Panasonic has also added new Pinpoint AF that offers near pixel level control. Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-GF3 and now features a quick 4x magnification feature. By simply touching the subject, that subject is then enlarged in a small window, allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference.

The 3-inch (460,000 dot) touchscreen allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions similar to those on some touch-enabled smartphones. Other features on the camera include ISO range up to 6400, Dust Reduction System, Intelligent Auto mode, 3D still support, HDR, MEGA O.I.S, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control and Intelligent Resolution.

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 will be available in black, white, red and brown bodies for $699.99 with the 14mm lens kit system starting in July 2011, and $599.99 with the 14-42mm lens kit system starting in late August 2011. You can pre-order the Panasonic GF3 on Amazon now. Check out the first look video of GF3 posted by PhotoRadar below.