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Panasonic DMC-G3 announced and review

Panasonic today announced a new addition to the Lumix G series Compact Cameras Systems (CSC), the LUMIX DMC-G3,
the company's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder to * date. This new class of CSC offers a lighter weight and small size is not in the traditional digital SLR, thus providing greater portability and creative control. The G3 has a new LUMIX 16.0-megapixel sensor that produces wealth, true to life, high quality images, as well as 1920 x 1080 full high definition (HD) video recording capability with stereo sound on AVCHD format. The Panasonic LUMIX G3 is the ideal hybrid, offering excellent photo and video capabilities with user-friendly features for users of any level can create professional-quality images.

"With the G3 Lumix, Panasonic offers an extremely lightweight compact camera system that is easy to use, thanks to an LCD touch screen control, and still holds powerful and creative features to appease the more advanced photographers," said Darin Pepple , Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "With new features that improve the quality of photos and video, the LUMIX G3 offers exceptional image quality that a photographer at any level would be excited about the use to capture their experiences."

For the traditionalists of the camera, the LUMIX G3 provides a traditional experience with a DSLR-like external mode dial for quick access to common modes like Program, shutter priority and aperture, Manual. Additional adjustments line includes two custom modes, scene modes and a mode of creative control. The LUMIX G3 provides a dedicated movie button that can be used to switch to quickly capture video without switching modes. Like most traditional digital SLR, the Lumix G3 provides a built-in flash and hot shoe for optional flash plug LUMIX. For many, a level display the traditional view remains a necessity, so the G3 LUMIX meet this demand with an eye level viewfinder that projects a high resolution image 1.44 points at 100% of field of view (800x600, 0.7x enlargement). Moreover, the decomposition of the colors has been improved compared to the G2 LUMIX.
To improve operations and ensure that it is easy to use, the touch features LUMIX G3 fire control, which allows photographers to concentrate on the subject by touch on the large 3 inch high resolution LCD touch screen. After closing on the subject by a touch, the LUMIX G3 monitoring the issue, even if it moves, with Auto Focus (AF) tracking. Besides his 23 points Auto Focus Area, the new LUMIX G3 features AF Pinpoint. Identify near-point AF allows pixel-level approach very important to establish the touch of a finger. For example, unlike digital SLRs that limit the number of fixed points of hardware approach, Panasonic Pinpoint AF can be adjusted with the touch control for fine points anywhere on the LCD. With a new AF system accuracy LightSpeed ​​contrast, the LUMIX G3 is extremely fast, approximately 0.1 seconds (14-140mm ~ 0.1 sec. 14-42mm ~ 0.18 sec., 45-200mm ~ 0.15 sec. .) LightSpeed ​​AF is achieved by reducing the detection time to focus on doubling the Live MOS sensor units

speed of 60 fps to 120 fps. The manual control on the approach is available on the LUMIX G3 and has improved much compared to its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-G2. When the extension is enabled at 4x first touch the subject on the LCD screen, the topic is expanded in a small window that lets you keep the rest of the image in the view as the reference structure. More than 4x, which fills the small window on the monitor even more control over fine-tuning approach can be achieved. This handy feature is available both from the Wizard of MF (manual focus) and AF + MF modes approach.

The Intelligent LCD is a brilliant 1,440,000 points equivalent resolution and rotates 180 ° to the side and tilts 270 ° up and down, with approximately 100% field of vision, making it easy to handle and shoot at different angles. Also, operation with touch-screen technology is excellent not only for shooting but also for the reproduction of images with excellent visibility. Users can scroll through hundreds of images on the screen, simply by browsing the thumbnails. Or, to play back pictures one by one, the user drags the image on the screen as if throwing a page of a book.

newly developed Live MOS 16.0 Megapixel LUMIX G3, along with a powerful Venus Engine image processor FHD, contribute to high quality photo and video images. The processor also provides a selective reduction in noise to create a curve in a more natural, balanced, without deterioration of the image. The LUMIX G3, noise significantly suppressed by more than 66%. Note that in the shot at high ISO settings, S / N is an improved value by approximately 200% compared to conventional 12.1-megapixel sensor. Improve sensor performance by 6 dB to ISO 3200 and Max. 9db to ISO 6400.

For ease of use, the G3 features Panasonic LUMIX iA ** and new ways of iA Plus, which are automatically activated when the button is pressed iA. Panasonic's iA features such as intelligent decision, the MEGA OIS (included in several lenses), Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Scene Selector are available when shooting still images. However, the new Panasonic iA mode Plus adds greater flexibility with real-time visual information between the characteristics of automatic shooting and manual:

Touch-screen controller with background blur ability.
Touch control of exposure compensation.
Touch-screen controller with white balance capability. One result of the desired color balance under difficult lighting conditions can now be achieved visually on the LCD screen with a touch slider icon enabled.

The LUMIX G3 offers a quick burst of speed and control in various resolutions. Capturing images in high resolution (16 megapixels) is available in up to 4 frames per second with its mechanical shutter enabled, or even faster 20 frames per second using the electronic shutter function with a reduced resolution of 4 megapixels.

With a variety of creative features, the G3 LUMIX offer users the opportunity to express your creativity with the control mode settings such as Creative, that can take pictures with the popular visual effects that previously required post processing software. The effects include: Cards, high key, high-dynamic Sepia. Conventional movie mode has developed a new control effect, photo style, which has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Landscape, Portrait presets that allow fine adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction for each .

As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this possibility, the LUMIX G3 uses a dust reduction system that uses a supersonic

wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrates vertically around 50,000 times per second, repels dust and other particles in the effective filter.

The G3 uses Lumix Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mounting system, providing greater size and weight reduction in the target without compromising performance and clarity. The LUMIX MFT System offers a choice of 11 high-performance fixed and variable focal length zoom G Vario opening, including a 3D lens highly versatile, capable of capturing images in both 2D and 3D simultaneously. Adapters are available for mounting the lens Leica M and Leica R major goals, even before full Four Thirds LUMIX. An innovative 14-140mm G Vario lens offers the best HD video recording and still images with a powerful 10x high-speed near-silent approach. When connected to the G3 LUMIX, ultra-fast approach and subject tracking AF can be achieved. Many lenses come with MFT LUMIX MEGA OIS (optical image stabilization) built. This feature helps prevent blurring caused by shaky hands. Working together with this is Intelligent ISO control of the chamber, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, helping to ensure sharp images.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3, aluminum, will be available in a variety of attractive colors, including black, red, white and brown, from June 2011. The suggested retail price of the G3 LUMIX with 14-42mm zoom kit is $ 699.99. For more information about the Panasonic Lumix G series compact cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com / lumix.

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