Just a month after refreshing the G line with the DMC-G3, Panasonic has announced the next generation of its smallest micro Four Thirds model, the DMC-GF3. Panasonic’s G and GH lines echo the look of SLRs, but the GF is an exercise in building the most camera in the smallest package — Panasonic claims the GF3 is the smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash.
The company says the GF3 is around 16 per cent smaller and lighter than last year’s GF2. The GF3 weighs just 222 g (less than half a pound). Despite the small size it still uses a three-inch 460K dot touch-enabled screen.
The GF3 uses a 12.1-megapixel sensor that is also capable of shooting 1080/60i HD video. The camera is also 3D capable when Panasonic’s 3D lens is attached. A feature called Light Speed AF focuses in about a tenth of a second, while a touchscreen enabled Pinpoint AF feature allows precise focusing.