Panasonic’s DMC-GF3 comfortably straddles the top of the line when it comes to compact digital cameras. Based around the same 12 megapixel sensor as its predecessor the GF2, the DMC-GF3 is capable of some pretty stunning images for its size. Where it improves upon the GF2 is its processor – analysing autofocus data 120 times a second, it presents the user with an exceptionally smooth response.
Though similar in appearance to a mini dSLR in appearance, the GF3 is a compact digital through and through – though a very good one. Its obvious lack of an internal mirror keeps it from encroaching on dSLR territory, though it still has an interchangeable lens system for consumers who wish to experiment a little with their photographic side. Taking this into account, it’d even make a great ‘casual’ take-everywhere camera for hobbyists or professional photographers.
iA (Intelligent Auto) is included, as with many of Panasonic’s cameras, and also includes a touchscreen for quick access to most of the camera’s features. When it comes to video, the GF3 is a star – it’s even capable of full-HD 1080i shooting. For a quality compact camera packed with features, the DMC-GF3 is a worthy contender.