Panasonic has officially announced the successor to LUMIX DMC-G2 Micro Four Thirds camera, named as Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3, which the company claims as the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder. If you’re the owner of LUMIX G2 who considered to upgrade the camera and would like to find the differentiate between both of them, here’s the comparative table between Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 and LUMIX G2 for differences in specifications and features at a glance.
|Panasonic LUMIX G3||Versus||Panasonic LUMIX G2|
|16-megapixel Live Mos image sensor||Image Sensor||12.1MP Live MOS sensor|
|High-speed Venus Engine FHD image processor||CPU||Venus Engine HD II processor|
|Free-angle 3.0-inch touchscreen with touch-control shooting capability||Screen Display||3″ free-angle touch screen|
|Full HD (1920 x1080 pixels) video capture in AVCHD format||HD Video Recording||720p HD video capture in the AVCHD Lite format|
|4 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution (16MP)||Burst Mode||3.2 fps in H mode|
|Yes||Dual Full-time Live View For LCD And LVF||Yes|
|23 Area Auto Focusing Points, plus newly-added Pinpoint AF||Focus||23 Area Auto Focusing Points|
|Yes||Dust Reduction System With Supersonic Wave Filter||Yes|
|Panasonic iA Plus, 3D shooting capability and Precision Contrast LightSpeed AF system||More New Features||–|
|115.2 x 83.6 x 46.7 mm||Sizes (W x H x D)||124 x 83.6 x 74 mm|
|336 grams||Weight||371 grams|
|$699.99||Initial Launch Price (LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm lens kit)||$799.99|
From the table above, you can notice that the Panasonic G3 is noticeably lighter and smaller than its predecessor – without compromising the quality and performance. LUMIX G3 adopts higher-resolution image sensor, full HD video recording, dedicated video button for instant switching to video recording, and more advanced features, but still about 25% more compact than LUMIX G2.
One of the most notable new features of the LUMIX G3 is Panasonic’s new iA Plus mode, which enables defocusing control area, exposure compensation and white balance to be adjusted with a simple touch control for achieving better result.
Panasonic LUMIX G3 Compact Systems Camera (CSC) is bundled with the 14-42mm zoom lens will be available in 4 stylish colors – black, white, brown and red, scheduled to hit the market for around $700 beginning June 2011.