Panasonic only unleashed its last micro four thirds camera (the Panasonic Lumix GF2) in the UK six months ago but the successor has officially arrived.
Behold the Panasonic Lumix GF3 which the camera cobbler claims is the smallest Micro Four Thirds snapper yet. Rejecting the retro-style of the Lumix GF2, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 is a much more modern-looking aluminium clad beast but what’s lurking beneath the surface…
Like its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 has a 12.1MP sensor and a Venus FHD processor but it’s lost a lot of weight with a 16% reduction in size thanks to a redesigned lens mount and repositioning the pop-up flash.
The new Micro Four Thirds beauty has an ISO range of 160-6400 and will autofocus in 0.18 seconds making it just as speedy as its predecessor. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 also has a 4fps burst mode and will grab 1080i HD video at 25fps. There are HDMI and digital AV connections for transferring your video masterpieces.
At the back, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 has a 3in touchscreen which will give you touch autofocus in still and video capture modes, touch shutter and the ability to drag-and-drop icons to customise the menus.
As well as being compatible with a raft of existing Olympus and Panasonic lenses, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 will arrive next month with a 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens and 14mm F/2.5 pancake lens for £629, £549 with just the pancake lens and £499 with just the zoom lens.
Hop into the comments and let us know what you make of the Panasonic Lumix GF3. Is this the Micro Four Thirds camera to make you come up from a compact or ditch your DSLR?
Out July | From £499 | Panasonic