While lots of us who are keen photographers love our DSLR cameras, we often end up resorting to taking out a compact model instead because we can’t face lugging our camera around. Sure. It’s fine when you’re out on a photo-taking trip, but if you’re just heading out for a day with the kids or with friends, carting round a weighty piece of kit can be a bit of a pain.
So, the news that Panasonic has come up with the world’s lightest changeable lens system ever, must be good news, surely?
The Micro Four Thirds Lumix G3 offers a massive 16-megapixel sensor and a Venus Engine V1 FHD which, says Panasonic, will offer the same image quality as your hefty DSLR, while it weighs in at just 340g (that’s 25% smaller and 10% lighter than the LUMIX G2).
Like DSLRs, the G3 has an electronic view finder, or you can use the free-angle LCD screen so you can capture shots even if you’re holding the camera over your head at a concert, for instance.
Panasonic also claims to have come up with the fastest pinpoint auto focus speed of 0.1 second, so you shouldn’t miss a shot.
You can set autofocus with one touch, while Face Recognition will remember settings for your friends and the Inteligent Scene Selector automatically switches to the correct mode.
Plus the G3 has full HD move capacity, recording in Full HD AVCHD 1920 x 1080, 50i. Panasonic has packed all these goodies into a compact, lightweight aluminium chassis.
We’ve not seen the Lumix G3 hands-on, but those who have have been full of praise for it, with its only downsides being that it could offer better battery life and have more straightforward menus
The Lumix G3 with 14-42mm kit lens should retail at around £629.99, although we have found it on the net for nearly 100 quid less than this.
For more details head to www.panasonic.co.uk/lumixG3