Panasonic continued the Lumix series of popular interchangeable lens cameras with the release of Lumix DMC-GF3.
Although performance has been improved, lot of specs are same as its predecessor GF2. It retains the 12 megapixel sensor and 1080i AVCHD video of GF2 but have simplified interface for operating controls and design.
Design changes include GF3’s slimmer, lighter, and curvier body design and the replacement of the four-way button control and exposure thumbwheel with a control dial. In order to clean up design further, Panasonic has removed flash hotshoe, optical viewfinder accessory port, as well as the stereo microphones which were present in GF2. GF3, have got a mono mic instead and the speaker from the back has moved to the top of the camera.
Overall performance has been improved in the new Lumix DMC-GF3, with a faster, more accurate autofocus system and improved burst-mode shooting of 3.8 fps (up from 3.2). Although battery size is reduced, it has longer life than older battery model.
The GF3 will start shipping in July with a 14mm, f/2.5 kit lens for $699.99, and in August a $599.99 bundle (with a 14-42mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens) will become available as well. Body color options will be black, white, red, and brown.
The GF3 inherits some of its improvements from its higher-end sibling the Lumix DMC-G3, such as the Pinpoint AF function, which provides precision touch autofocus point selection allowing you to set autofocus points anywhere on the LCD by simply touching it.