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Panasonic DMC-GF3 with 14-42mm Lens

Model: DMC-GF3KK, DMC-GF3KR, DMC-GF3KW
Available In: Black, Red, White
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2x (Four-Thirds) Crop
12 Megapixels
3 Frames-Per-Second
HD (1080) Video
3" LCD
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Panasonics LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master. This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies.

Mode Access via Touch-Enabled LCD or Mode Thumb Wheel

The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone. Additional quick access touch-enabled settings include three Customizable Modes that get you to your favorite camera setup quickly, multiple Scene Modes and the new LUMIX Creative Control Mode. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes.

At the heart of the DMC-GF3s simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled smartphones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any users expertise level. Even the shutter can be triggered from the touch-enabled LCD by simply touching the subject you want focused and captured. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When youre ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture.

For those who miss the tactile feel of a traditional DSLR mode dial, the DMC-GF3 offers an innovative mode thumb wheel that quickly cycles though all available modes with visual feedback provided on the large 3 touch-enabled LCD.

Available Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby, Pet, Party and Sunset, which can all be controlled from the intuitive touch-enabled LCD.

Built-in Flash

Thanks to a 6400 ISO, the DMC-GF3 shoots well under low light even without a flash. But there are times when a flash provides desired enhancements. So, like most DSLRs, the DMC-GF3 provides a built-in pop-up flash for added light during low-light shooting.

Lens Options and 3D Capture

LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lens mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 12 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the DMC-GF3, ultra fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved.

Many LUMIX MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Working together with the cameras Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, youre sure to capture images that are sharp.

Dust Reduction System

As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, the DMC-GF3 has a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

HD Video Capture

The LUMIX DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 30 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind. An audio meter can be displayed on the LCD for monitoring audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or played directly on Panasonic VIERA TVs via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several LUMIX Micro Four Thirds lenses help keep lens noise at bay, while the touch-enabled LCD allows you to automatically keep active subjects in focus with touch-enabled subject AF Tracking.

Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing

Contrast Detection Auto Focus technology used in point-and-shoot and new mirrorless Compact System Cameras now approaches the speeds that were once only available from traditional professional-level DSLRs. The DMC-GF3 now offers the new LUMIX Light Speed Auto Focus technology developed for the highly regarded GH2. LUMIX Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you wont suffer from shutter lag frustration. Contrast Auto Focusing also offers greater shot accuracy due to fewer hardware components needed vs. traditional DSLR phase difference systems, thus fewer pictures will suffer from system focusing errors (e.g., the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% at F1.4, while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60%).

Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-GF3 and now features a quick 4x magnification feature. By simply touching the subject, that subject is then enlarged in a small window, allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference. Beyond 4x, that small window fills the monitor so even more control over focus fine-tuning can be achieved. This handy feature is available from both the MF Assist (Manual Focus) and AF + MF focus modes.

The DMC-GF3 now offers a large LCD touch-focus area, enabling touch-focus control from any part of the image as seen on the LCD. Unlike traditional DSLRs that limit the number and position of focus points, the DMC-GF3 uses the entire image sensor and can even fine-tune focus with a new fine-tuning Pinpoint AF feature. When Pinpoint AF is enabled, the image is enlarged, allowing for pixel-level setting of the focus area desired. Once set, the DMC-GF3 will use this fine-tuned focus point to produce a sharp, detailed image.

Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)

The DMC-GF3 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording modes with iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In the new iA Plus Mode, the defocusing area, exposure control and white balance can be adjusted visually for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may produce a more desired result.

Color and Effects

Using the LUMIX Photo Style Mode, popular color effects can be achieved. These settings can be further enhanced with fine-tuning of Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction. Color effects include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom.

With LUMIX Creative Control Mode, accessed from the Mode dial at the top of the camera, an expressive look to the image can be achieved without the need for complicated post-processing software. Common effects can be achieved via the touch-control menu as a pre-setting in an easy-to-understand what you see is what you get experience. Effects include: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and now, Miniature Effect.

Venus Engine FHD

The new LUMIX Venus Engine FHD offers vastly improved compensation for electronic noise under low light and shadows where higher ISOs typically add grain to the image. Circuitry on the large DSLR sized 12.1-megapixel sensor further reduces low-noise signal problems at the pixel level and at the amplifier circuit level. As a result, higher ISOs with much lower noise can be achieved. This means faster action-stopping shutter speeds in low light, and a maximum achievable ISO of 6400.

The new Venus Engine FHD uses new Intelligent Resolution technology to sharpen edge detail without softening fine detail. In addition to maximizing edge and fine detail, the Venus Engine offers Intelligent D-Range Control. Intelligent D-Range Control enables maximum capture of the images full range of brightness, without blown-out highlights and muddying shadows.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Panasonic
Megapixels 12
Crop Factor 2x (Four-Thirds)
Frames-Per-Second 3
Best Available Video Mode HD (1080)
Memory Card Type SD / SDHC / SDXC
Weather-sealed None
Mounts Micro Four-Thirds

Camera Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Image Sensor Type: Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels: 13.06 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels: 12.10 Megapixels
Color filter: Primary color filter
Dust reduction system: Supersonic wave filter
Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Focus Type:Contrast AF system, Focus mode:AFS/ AFC/ MF
AF mode: Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint
AF detective range EV 0-18 (ISO100 equivalent)
Focus Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
AF/AE Lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting / Portrait / Beauty skin / Sport / Flower / Collection / Baby / Pet / defocus control
White Balance Adjustment Blue/Amber Bias
Magenta/Green Bias
Color Temperature Setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White Balance Bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
Auto Bracketing (AE 3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV
Light Metering System 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Metering Range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / /Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie Scene Mode Portrait/SoftSkin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Flower/Food/Objects/Lowlight/Party/Sunset (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing MovieButton.)
Movie Scene Mode Note (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
Shutter Speed/Shutter System Type: Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed: Still Images: 1/4000~60
Motion image: 1/16000~1/30 (NTSC)
Self Timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4:3] 4000x3000(L) / 2816x2112(M) / 2048x1536(S) / 1600x1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) [3:2] 4000x2672(L) / 2816x1880(M) / 2048x1360(S) / 1600x1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) [16:9] 4000x2248(L) / 2816x1584(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1600x904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440x1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Motion Picture Recording 4:3 Motion JPEG: [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
Motion Image (HD Movie) Motion JPEG: [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
Motion Image (AVCHD) NTSC [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH:17Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Protection/Erase Protection: Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Erase: Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Built-in Flash Type/Mode TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent (ISO 160•m), Built-in Pop-up Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
LCD Monitor Type: TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size: 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels: 460K dots
Field of View: 100%
Monitor Adjust:Brightness (7 levels), Cnotrast & Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
Live View Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion:Still image: Max.2x
Motion image: 3.1x (SH/H in AVCHD and HD/WVGA in Motion JPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in Motion JPEG)
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Live View: Other Functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)/Real-time Histogram
Playback Mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD/Motion JPEG/3D Play/Category/Favorite)
Additional Playback Mode Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
OSD Language English, Spanish
Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
Speaker Monaural
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
Audio: Linear PCM
Direct Print PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery Life CIPA standard: Approx. 320 images with H-FS014042
Approx. 340 images with H-H014
Operating Humidity 10% to 80%
Operating Temperature 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.2 HD Edition
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE
Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
USB Driver
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Body Cap(DMC-GF3K/DMC-GF3 only), AV Cable, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM
*Body cap not incl for DMC-GF3C kit/DMC-GF3W kit
**Lens rear cap of H-H014 lens not incl for DMC-GF3C kit/DMC-GF3W Kit
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 160 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 170 min with H-H014
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Burst Speed H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
BURST SHOOTING: Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
USB USB 2.0 High Speed
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 264g / 9.31 oz (SD card, Battery, Body)
Approx. 222g / 7.83 oz (Body only)
Approx. 319g / 11.25 oz (SD card, Battery, H-H014 lens included)
Approx. 429g / 15.13 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)
Creative control (Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dyamic / Miniature



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