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Panasonic LUMIX GF3K Digital Camera

MILC 12.1MP Live MOS 4x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Ten industry awards
Compact size
No electronic viewfinder capability
131 Reviews + 10 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com Platinum Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

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Features

It's Missing Features Like a Tilting LCD

Four customers said in their reviews that the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K did not have good features. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “It's missing features like a tilting LCD”. Dcresource.com said “The features described below are not final” . T3.com mentioned six years ago “With the compromise of losing a few features that made earlier generation models winners” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts of all the digital cameras of a similar age and type.

The editors of review websites Camera Labs, Digitallife.se, M3.idg.se and Gagadget.com all said that concluded that they would endorse this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

An other three expert review sites all liked this low megapixel digital camera. This Panasonic digital camera received an Ephotozine "Highly Recommended" award and the author at website IT Reviews.com said that it would make a great purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award. This Panasonic camera also received a "Platinum" award from website Buy-n-shoot.com.

Two additional expert review sites thought that this camera was good. The expert at website Fotovideo.nu gave this Panasonic camera a "Bronze" award and thought it was good and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review site Photoreview.com.au who thought it was superb.

This camera received a "Buying Tip" award from Magnus.de.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on fifty-three expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this Panasonic camera has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this low megapixel digital camera rated this digital camera 88 out of 100 on average. 21 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 8,853 expert and user reviews (including 695 verified purchases), Panasonic has good reviews for its cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good battery life. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “Now features a more compact battery” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Alan Ross mentioned “Battery life is very good” in his review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Fourty-eight people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Six years ago Cnet.com.au gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on CNET.com.au “Compact and light with 14mm lens attached”. Cnet.com wrote in their Panasonic LUMIX GF3K review on CNET.com “Relatively compact for its class”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Very speedy autofocus for a Compact System Camera, putting it on par with some DSLRs”.

Six owners said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Hauki scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The only negative point is the strap that was supplied is too heavy for the size of the camera.”. Four years ago Geoffrey Ellis mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Does not want to lug around a large heavy camera costing a whole lot of bucks more”. A. Armogida said “The bulky size and heavy weight made it a hassle for taking on holiday” .

Two customers who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Thestar.com.my wrote “Lightweight and compact”. Itreviews.com said on expert website IT Reviews.com “If you're ready to make that leap from compact digital cameras to the bigger league, then the compact and lightweight Lumix DMC-GF3 with its extremely impressive images”.

One customer concluded that it was good structurally. One customer who bought this digital camera concluded that it was a good body shape. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very small body”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 264 grams, the LUMIX GF3K has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Nikon 1 V1 (£275) (294g).

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Electronic noise gets out of hand beyond 1600 ISO”. Twasme wrote “Their previous cameras had discernible luminance noise when viewed full scale, which seems to be absent here” in their review of this digital camera.

Electronic Noise Gets Out of Hand Beyond 1600 ISO

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Electronic noise gets out of hand beyond 1600 ISO”.

Twasme wrote “Their previous cameras had discernible luminance noise when viewed full scale, which seems to be absent here” in their review of this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The LUMIX GF3K has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Support

Good Support

Three customers thought it had good technical guidance. Six years ago expert review site Smarthouse.com.au scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Key Features * 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor * 3in, 460k-dot touch-screen LCD * Super-fast AF system * 1080i Full HD movie recording * Full manual controlBarely two years have elapsed since Panasonic”. Geoffrey Ellis mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Good lenses albeit in manual”. Mr. D Field wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The lens which came with the camera is a manual zoom sense which i love” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the LUMIX GF3K.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the LUMIX GF3K has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The LUMIX GF3K supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic LUMIX GF3K supports Full HD video. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the LUMIX GF3K is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Panasonic camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of this type and age.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The LUMIX GF3K has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX50 HS.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic LUMIX GF3K has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Panasonic camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. Low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The LUMIX GF3K supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think the 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II, and the EOS 1100D - Rebel T3 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The LUMIX GF3K has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic LUMIX GF3K has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Very Heavy

The LUMIX GF3K is very heavy (264 kilograms) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The weights of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.11kg to 270kg.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the LUMIX GF3K has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.28mm to 1,200mm. At only 42 millimeters, the LUMIX GF3K has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras of this type and age is 1.3 and the largest is 11. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the LUMIX GF3K has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 38mm. The LUMIX GF3K has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 14 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Panasonic LUMIX GF3K supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The LUMIX GF3K has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of this type and age. The ISO sensitivities "160", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Design

Metal Build

Twelve customers thought this digital camera was well made. Six years ago Pocket Lint rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Solid feel construction, smaller compact-like form factor yet retaining the DSLR-like ability to swap lenses, user friendly blend of virtual”. T3.com mentioned also six years ago “Metal build” in their Panasonic LUMIX GF3K review. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said “The lens-swapping Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds camera is well built and takes a great picture.” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Two customers who bought it wrote that it was strong and durable. A. Armogida said “Is sturdy enough to take a good photo”. Twasme gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “A robust feel.”.

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Good Picture Quality

Twenty-five owners who reviewed the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K said that it was good quality. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Good quality photos up to 1600 ISO”. Digital Versus also wrote “Well designed and easy to use” in their review. Six years ago Asia.cnet.com said “Good-to-great photo quality”.

Gorgeous and Responsive 3-Inch LCD Touchscreen

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Imaging Resource.com said “Gorgeous and responsive 3-inch LCD touchscreen” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Stuff.tv said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Beautiful, fun and simple to play with” although they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It certainly looks good and has plenty of style” .

Two owners reckoned that the product was well designed. Six years ago expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “For all its benefits, including its fast autofocus system and small, highly portable design”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “A neat step upThis is the smallest”. J. Morris wrote “The lens comes with a hood & a branded-carry-belt that attaches neatly to the sides”.

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Ease of Use

Twenty-four owners considered that it was easy to use. Six years ago Camera Labs wrote “Creative Control effects” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Lots of control”. Smarthouse.com.au said “Intuitive touchscreen controls”.

Six customers mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Hauki wrote “The menus are very user friendly and combined with the touch screen makes programming and changing settings quick and easy, Focusing is very quick” . J. Morris mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “All settings can be tweeked manually with the quick menu and has full ISO settings” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Twasme gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “On the one hand this makes it easier to scroll through menu items.”.

One person who purchased this digital camera thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Twasme wrote “It also feels quite comfortable with smaller zoom lenses.” in their review of this digital camera. One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good interface. Mr. D Field wrote “Thankfully for every touch interface option Panasonic have made the sensible option to also use the buttons on the camera as well”.

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No Electronic Viewfinder Capability

Five people agreed that this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Techradar mentioned six years ago “No viewfinder No accessory port Unbalanced with longer lenses” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they still gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Also six years ago It Reviews.com wrote “No electronic viewfinder capability” in their review of this digital camera. J. Morris wrote on Amazon.co.uk “It has no viewfinder, so you are looking at a digital reproduction of the light hitting the sensor on the back screen” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have a good screen. Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “Screen is still relatively low resolution”. Six years ago Pc Mag said on PC Mag “However the touch screen does give instant access to the most frequently used controls”. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Touch functionality on screen can cause accidental picture-taking” .

Three owners who bought it considered that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. Thestar.com.my mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No EVF port and Flash hotshoe” .

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1080i HD Video

Fifteen owners said in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Thestar.com.my wrote “Records full HD videos”. Six years ago Cnet.co.uk said “1080i video recording” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus wrote also six years ago “1080i HD video” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Fast Autofocus Speed

Twelve customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned six years ago “The Panasonic GF3 is a highly capable compact interchangeable lens camera with excellent image”. Expert website T3.com said in the same month “The third generation Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is its most compact mirror-less interchangeable lens camera and also the world’s smallest with integral flash” in their Panasonic LUMIX GF3K review. Also six years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote “And Panasonic has been careful to market the camera with a matching compact lens in the 14mm prime (28mm equivalent in 35m” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine customers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it had a good autofocus. Thestar.com.my mentioned “Fast autofocus speed” and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100. Pc Mag scored it 70 out of 100 and mentioned on PC Mag “Auto focus is lightning fast”. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on What Digital Camera “By picking some of the top features and performance as found in the Lumix G3 model the GF3 ups the Compact System Camera ante by offering a super-fast autofocus”.

Four customers thought the product had a good zoom. Crazy_chick mentioned “The Zoom lens is very nice” . Mr. D Field said six years ago “The control over the zoom is very fine” in their review of this digital camera.

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Built-In Flash

Six owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good flash. Camera Labs wrote “Built-in flash” in their Panasonic LUMIX GF3K review and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Nutwoodwanderer said “This only worked when I could get close enough for the flash to be effective - it's not a very powerful flash”.

Good Picture Quality

Thirty-five owners wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Cnet.co.uk scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Good picture quality”. It Reviews.com mentioned “Excellent image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned “Good image quality, very similar to the G 2”.

Two customers who purchased the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Ephotozine.com gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “High speed focusing, fast continuous shooting”. Mr. D Field said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Video As seems to be the norm with any camera right now, by the click of a button the camera becomes a video camera shooting VERY good 1080p video”.

Two customers said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Nutwoodwanderer mentioned “Trying to achieve the same by adjusting the aperture wasn't as effective and the ISO settings only made bit of a difference” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good in low light. Nutwoodwanderer wrote on Amazon.co.uk “In the shop, this seemed to perform effortlessly in low light” but even so they only scored the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K 40 out of 100.

One owner who bought it considered that it had a good image sensor. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has a 12 megapixel sensor and comes with a 14–42mm lens (28–84mm film equivalent”.

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Price

Small Size, Affordable, Fast Autofocus

Eleven owners who reviewed the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K agreed that it was good value for money. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small size, affordable, fast autofocus”. Ubergizmo.com wrote “It also has the price of a DSLR, so it’s normal that we expect the same level of”. Expert website Gizmodo.com said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras—even affordable ones—are getting really, really good” .

Three owners wrote in their reviews that it was expensive. Dpexpert.com.au wrote “The GF3 is around $300 more expensive than the Olympus E-PM1” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “Currently looks overpriced next to the Sony NEX range”. Lmd Burrell mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Would have meant buying an expensive replacement lens (more expensive than the camera!) that did have zoom facility”.

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Product Identifiers

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