The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 packs in plenty of manual control and advanced features in one of the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera bodies around.
We sent it away for the full Which? test lab treatment, and can now reveal how it performed in our extensive tests.
Despite being compact, it feels solidly built and offers autofocus tracking, a tilt & twist 3-inch LCD screen, Full HD video and a 14-42mm lens.
It’s the third generation of Panasonic’s G-series cameras and represents Panasonic’s flagship model in this range.
The range aims to combine the image quality and performance of a traditional DSLR, but with a lighter and more portable body.
Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review to see how it performs in our tests.
DSLR and Bridge cameras also tested
We’ve also tested new digital SLR cameras and bridge cameras. The most high-profile new DSLR reviewed is the Nikon D5100. It features a 18-55mm kit lens and is the successor to the D5000. This version is smaller and lighter than the D5000, though being a DSLR means it’s not as compact as the Panasonic Lumix G3.
Other key features include Full HD recording and creative effects such as ‘Night Vision’ for taking black and white shots in near pitch-black conditions.
Among the bridge cameras reviewed, the Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 offers quick sharing of photos and videos to various social networking websites, such as Facebook. Like many bridge cameras it has an ultra-long zoom range so you can get close-up to subjects even if you’re faraway.
Read all our DSLR reviews and bridge camera reviews to see which models we recommend.
If you’re more interested in compact cameras, we’ve reviewed a number of new models from the likes of Sony, Samsung and Casio. The Samsung WB700 offers an excellent focal range for a compact camera, starting at a 24mm wide-angle and ending at a generous 432mm telephoto end for zooming in on distant objects.
For those keen on shooting video on their camera, the Casio Exilim EZ-ZR100 is worth closer inspection. It’s got a unique video mode that shoots at an incredible 1,000 frames per second, creating spectacular slow-motion clips. Despite a decent 24-300mm range, it weighs a comparatively light 200 grams and is just 3cm thick.
For more options, read all our 275 compact digital camera reviews.
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