Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

      In summary

      The smallest, lightest Lumix G system camera to date includes a touch screen and fast autofocusing.Claimed as the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF3 is a third generation model and features a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine FHD image processor that supports 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD AVCHD video recording. The new model is offered in black, white and red and, like its predecessors, styled like a compact digicam. . . [more]

      Full review

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      Claimed as the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF3 is a third generation model and features a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine FHD image processor that supports 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD AVCHD video recording. The new model is offered in black, white and red and, like its predecessors, styled like a compact digicam.

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      The GF3 twin lens kit with the 14mm f/2.5 'pancake' lens and 14-42mm zoom lens in red. (Source: Panasonic.)

      The camera was supplied with the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH. 'pancake' lens, which is one of the choices for single-lens kit buyers. Marginally slower than the 20mm f/1.7 'pancake' lens supplied with the GF1, it is claimed as the lightest in its class, being only 20.5 mm long with a maximum diameter of 55.5 mm and overall weight of 55 grams. We've reviewed this lens separately.

      Build and Ergonomics
      The body of the new model has a more rounded design that is compact and more comfortable to hold than last year's GF2 model. It's also 16.7% smaller and 16.2% lighter. The grip moulding has been changed and the lens mount is shifted closer to the left hand side of the camera.

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      Front view of the DMC-GF3 with the flash popped up and the 14mm f/2.5 kit lens used for our review. (Source: Panasonic.)

      A 4 mm wide stainless steel annulus surrounds the mounting plate, replacing the body-coloured moulding on the GF2. The lens-release button is also flattened on the inner side instead of being circular and the Self-timer/AF-Assist LED sits higher up on the camera body.

      The pop-up flash has been redesigned and rises above the lens axis. It's not very powerful and doesn't sit high enough above the camera body to prevent shadowing when the kit lens is at its widest angle-of-view. It's also more prone to producing red eye in subjects that the GF2's off-centre flash.

      Changes to the rear panel have been mainly cosmetic, except for the removal of the interface for connecting optional accessories (EVF and flash). The GF2's control dial has been replaced by a rotating wheel around the arrow pad but all other buttons are in the same places as on the GF2 and operate the same functions.

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      Rear view of the GF3 showing the 3:2 monitor screen and redesigned button controls. (Source: Panasonic.)

      The touch-screen monitor is now a 3:2 aspect ratio panel instead of 4:3 but its functionality is essentially unchanged and makes the camera very easy to operate. As with the GF2, it works best when you touch it with the tip of a fingernail, rather than the ball of your finger. The thumb rest on the top right hand corner is unchanged.

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      Top view of the GF3 without a lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

      The top panel control layout has been shuffled around, although the shutter and Movie buttons remain in the same positions. The iA button and on/off sliders have swapped positions and the microphone and speaker grilles have been relocated to the left side of the panel. You have to take care not to cover them with a fingertip if you want audio to be recorded or played back clearly.

      A single compartment for the interface ports is located below the right hand strap eyelet. It has sockets for HDMI and AV Out/digital connections and a rubber cover that fits flush with the camera body. The battery and memory card slots share a compartment in the base of the camera, next to the metal-lined tripod socket, which is in line with the lens axis. Inset into the battery/card compartment cover is a DC cover slot for connecting the camera to mains power.

      Changes
      A few features associated with the user interface have changed radically since the previous model. The main differences are listed below.
      1. There's no hot-shoe for an external flash and no interface connection for an EVF.
      2. There's no direct button for accessing the ISO settings. However, you can assign this function to the Fn button if you wish, at the expense of being only able to access the Q.Menu via the touch-screen.
      3. The command dial on the GF2 has been replaced by a rotating dial around the arrow pad. It's similar to the set-up found on many compact digicams and integrates quite well with the touch-screen but isn't quite as easy to use as the dial on the GF2.
      4. The GF3's microphone is monaural, whereas the GF2 had a stereo microphone.
      5. The battery is a smaller DMW-BLE9 unit but it nevertheless maintains the GF2's 320 shots/charge capacity.
      6. For stills, the GF3's top burst capture speed is increased from 3.2 to 3.8 frames/second with a buffer limit of five RW2.RAW frames. Middle and low burst speeds are 2.8 fps and 2 fps respectively. The screen blacks out during high-speed bursts but not with lower speeds.
      7. The GF3 includes the six 'Photo Style' settings (Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery and Portrait) that were introduced with the G3, instead of the two 'Picture Adjust' options (colour and B&W) offered in the GF2. Each setting can be adjusted with respect to contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction processing and you can create a new Custom style from any combination of these four parameters. Photo Style settings can be applied to both still and video recording. The six Creative Control modes (Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia and High Dynamic) from the G3 have been augmented in the GF3 with a new ‘Miniature Effect' setting. Examples are provide in the Sample Images section. Unfortunately, you can't adjust the position of the in-focus area in the Miniature Effect setting.
      8. Movie mode options have changed. A 1280 x 720-pixel at 50p setting has been added to the AVCHD format, while in the MJPEG options, the 858 x 480-pixel setting is removed.
      9. The flash in the GF3 is less powerful with a GN of 6.3 at ISO 160, compared with the GF2's GN of 10 at ISO 100.
      10. The new Venus Engine FHD processor provides several focusing innovations that were introduced with the G3:
      - The AF system's drive speed is doubled from 60 fps to 120 fps.
      - Full-area focusing makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view, even at the edges of the frame.
      - Pinpoint AF focusing, which magnifies a square section around the focus point approximately five-fold so you can confirm and fine-tune focusing. This mode works with both the touch-screen and when half-pressing the shutter. If touch-shutter is switched on, the shutter triggers when focus is achieved - but only for shooting stills.
      - In manual focus mode, the centre of the frame is magnified as soon as you begin turning the focus ring on the lens. When a user touches a point on the screen, Moveable MF Assist shows a zoomed view of that area. You can switch the magnification factor between 1x, 4x, 5x and 10x. With 4x magnification (the default), the central region is magnified; for 5x and 10x magnification, the whole screen is magnified. A distance scale is displayed near the bottom of the screen.
      - Face detection is supported for up to 15 faces and includes face recognition. The camera can 'memorise' up to six faces and users can list them in order of importance so focus is prioritised on the highest-ranked people. Up to three face images can be recorded for each person listed.
      - The Defocus Control, which is only usable in the iA and iA+ modes, allows users to adjust the degree of blurring in backgrounds with a slider near the bottom of the screen. It works by changing the lens aperture and can be used while shooting stills and video clips. Lenses must be compatible with this control for it to be usable.

      Unchanged Features
      Some features are unchanged from the GF2. The menu design remains consistent through the G-Micro series and is similar to the systems used in Panasonic's digicams.

      Shooting modes are unchanged with the required P, A, S and M settings plus 17 Scene pre-sets to keep point-and-press shooters happy. The iA and iA+ buttons carry over from the G3.

      As with the GF2, a dedicated movie button lets you switch movie recording on and off as easily as taking a snapshot. Exposure controls are, however, limited. ISO is set automatically and the only aperture control is provided via the Defocus Control slider in the iA and iA+ modes.

      Users can rely on the camera's AF system or focus manually while shooting movie clips and focus tracking can be engaged to keep moving subjects sharp. Touch focusing can also be used while shooting video clips. As in the GF2, the GF3 provides two digital zoom settings, magnifying the centre of the frame by 2x or 4x.

      The top sensitivity remains at ISO 6400 but there's no menu setting for high-ISO noise reduction. The image processing system also includes 3D NR (Noise Reduction) and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction) adjustments, which are applied by default to images shot at high sensitivity levels.

      Long-exposure noise reduction processing is available and can be switched on or off, as required. The GF3 can also be used for recording 3D stills and movies - but only with the H-FT012 lens.

      As in the GF2, there's no plug for the optional remote shutter release - and no external microphone socket. Flash exposure adjustment isn't available and there are only five flash modes, which include red-eye reduction and slow synch but not second-curtain synch.

      Sensor and Image Processing
      The image sensor in the GF3 is the same 12.1-megapixel Live MOS chip and includes the same technology that enables it to read four channels of data simultaneously. It's coupled to a Venus Engine FHD image processor, which supports fast signal processing capabilities in both movie recording and stills capture.

      The GF3 supports the same still picture options as its predecessor, recording both JPEG and raw file formats. It also offers the same image size settings, along with four aspect ratios. Raw file capture is possible at all image size settings. Typical file sizes are shown in the table below.

      Aspect ratio

      Image Size

      Resolution

      Fine

      Standard

      4:3

      RAW

      4000 x 3000

      15.5MB

      L

      4000 x 3000

      7.3MB

      3.6MB

      RAW+JPEG

      4000 x 3000

      23.3MB

      19.7MB

      M

      2816 x 2112

      4.0MB

      2.0MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2816 x 2112

      19.7MB

      17.7MB

      S

      2048 x 1536

      1.7MB

      0.87MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2048 x 1536

      17.1MB

      16.5MB

      3:2

      RAW

      4000 x 2672

      14.6MB

      L

      4000 x 2672

      7.0MB

      3.5MB

      RAW+JPEG

      4000 x 2672

      22.3MB

      18.3MB

      M

      2816 x 1880

      4.0MB

      2.0MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2816 x 1880

      19.0MB

      16.5MB

      S

      2048 x 1360

      1.5MB

      0.8MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2048 x 1360

      16.0MB

      15.5MB

      16:9

      RAW

      4000 x 2248

      13.5MB

      L

      4000 x 2248

      6.8MB

      3.4MB

      RAW+JPEG

      4000 x 2248

      20.5MB

      17.1MB

      M

      2816 x 1584

      3.9MB

      2.0MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2816 x 1584

      17.7MB

      15.5MB

      S

      1920 x 1080

      1.1MB

      0.6MB

      RAW+JPEG

      1920 x 1080

      14.6MB

      14.2MB

      1:1

      RAW

      2992 x 2992

      12.2MB

      L

      2992 x 2992

      5.4MB

      2.7MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2992 x 2992

      17.7MB

      15.1MB

      M

      2112 x 2112

      2.4MB

      1.2MB

      RAW+JPEG

      2112 x 2112

      14.6MB

      13.5MB

      S

      1504 x 1504

      1.2MB

      0.6MB

      RAW+JPEG

      1504 x 1504

      13.5MB

      12.8MB

      Video capabilities have been upgraded to Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 pixels (50i recording, 25 fps image sensor output with an average bit rate of 17 Mbps). Audio recording is monaural.

      Two recording modes are provided: AVCHD and Motion-JPEG. For the AVCHD format, ‘quality' options are based on bit rate (the faster the bit rate, the higher the quality) and whether interlaced or progressive scanning is used. The FSH setting uses interlaced scanning and records at 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the SH setting has progressive scanning for 1280 x 720-pixel clips.

      In Motion JPEG mode, the frame rate is 30 frames/second and the ‘quality' settings relate to the image size. The table below shows the approximate recording times for an 8GB memory card.

      Video format

      Aspect ratio

      Quality

      Picture size
      (pixels)

      Bit rate

      Approx. recording time/8GB card

      AVCHD

       

      16:9

      FSH

      1920 x 1080

      17 Mbps

      61 minutes

      SH

      1280 x 720

      17 Mbps

      61 minutes

      Motion JPEG

      HD

      1280 x 720

      n.a.

      33 minutes 10 sec.

      4:3

      VGA

      640 x 480

      n.a.

      1 hour 27 min.

      QVGA

      320 x 240

      n.a.

      4 hours 12 min.

      Panasonic lists the maximum recording time for AVCHD movies as 13 hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds but this is dependent on the battery power level. For Motion JPEG clips, the limit is 2GB. Class 6 speed cards are recommended for Motion JPEG recordings, while Class 4 and faster cards are suitable for AVCHD movies.

      Playback and Software
      Playback settings for still pictures are essentially the same as in previous models and include the same touch-screen capabilities. You can playback slideshows with four transition effects: Natural, Slow, Swing or Urban or select Auto (which matches the effect to the image category and requires Category Selection to be engaged) or off. Slideshows can also be displayed with or without audio backing.

      In-camera cropping and resizing, aspect conversion and rotation are available. You can add text comments to images in the Title Edit and Text Stamp functions - but only with Small (2048 x 1536 pixels or less) image files. Shooting and travel dates can also be superimposed on selected JPEG images. With Text Stamp, Resize, Cropping or Aspect Conversion, a new edited picture is created.

      AVCHD and Motion JPEG videos can be played separately. The standard play/pause, stop and fast or frame-by-frame forward and rewind controls are provided and you can divide clips to remove unwanted footage. DPOF tagging for automated printing is also supported and selected images can be tagged for protection against accidental deletion when memory cards are formatted.
      Owners of Panasonic's Viera TV sets can playback recorded images and videos by inserting the camera's memory card in the Image Viewer slot on the TV set or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player. They can also use the set's remote control to operate the GF3 for playback.

      The software bundle contains the latest versions of PhotoFun Studio and Silkypix Developer Studio plus a 30-day trial version of Super LoiLoScope, which sells online for US$88. The latter is a fast, GPU-based video editing program with a game-like GUI and facilities for uploading clips to YouTube and outputting movies to various video devices.

      Performance
      The GF3 was a great little camera to use and particularly good for street photography with the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH lens which was used for all of our test shots. Camera and lens were similar in size and appearance to many compact digicams and much less obvious than even a small DSLR and the Touch Shutter function proved useful for capturing snaps without attracting attention.
      The Touch Shutter worked extremely well most of the time, although there were a few occasions when the shutter didn't trigger when the screen was touched. This usually happened when the touch point was in a low-contrast area in the scene, which prevented the lens from focusing. Shifting the touch point to a well-defined edge resolved the issue.

      Aside from that, autofocusing was as fast as we found with the G3 and focus tracking kept most subjects sharp while the camera was panned. In the automatic modes, metering was just as accurate and subjective assessment of test shots showed all metering modes produced exposures that were close to expectations.

      The larger sensor in the G-series models provides performance benefits, particularly in high ISO shooting and the dynamic range recorded in shots, although some blown-out highlights were found in video clips. Overall performance was as we expected on the basis of our tests on previous G-Micro cameras.

      Imatest showed RW2.RAW files converted with Silkypix Developer Studio to be up to expectations for a 12-megapixel camera. JPEGs were slightly below expectations but a cut above the GF2. Resolution held up very well with both file types across the camera's sensitivity range, as shown in the graph of our Imatest results below.

      GF3_Res-vs-ISO-graph

      Long exposures taken in dim lighting showed little visible noise right up to ISO 1600, even without noise reduction processing. Noise could be seen at ISO 6400 but images remained printable at up to half A4 size. Switching on noise reduction processing slightly reduced image sharpness at high ISO settings. Colour saturation was closer to natural than we found with the G3.

      Flash exposures were evenly balanced throughout the camera's ISO range and colour reproduction was reasonably faithful at settings up to ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 the influence of ambient lighting could be seen and images were a little soft.

      Auto white balance performance was similar to the G3's. The warm cast produced by incandescent lighting was suppressed but not eliminated but shots taken under fluorescent lights had close to natural colours. Both pre-sets over-corrected slightly, the tungsten pre-set pushing colours from pinkish-orange to purple, while the fluorescent pre-set added a very slight purple cast. Manual measurement produced neutral colours under both types of lighting and there's plenty of scope for fine-tuning colour rendition via the touch screen.

      Video quality was similar to the G3. Clips were sharp and clear at all settings in both movie formats, with the expected fall-off for VGA and QVGA clips. Soundtracks showed good clarity and the 14mm f/2.5 ASPH lens produced no interference when focused automatically or manually.

      Background noises could be heard in noisy situations but didn't overwhelm the recording. The wind cut filter was effective in most situations but even the high setting had difficulties in very windy environments. (We'd recommend turning off audio recording in such situations.)

      The review camera was somewhat more responsive than its predecessor, although both models powered up in less than a second. Shot-to-shot times averaged 0.75 seconds without flash and 2.9 seconds with. Image processing times were also faster with 1.7 seconds for JPEG, 2.6 seconds for RW2.RAW and 3.4 seconds for RAW+JPEG shots.

      The review camera recorded a burst of 10 large/fine JPEG frames in 2.1 seconds in the high speed burst mode. It took 4.8 seconds to process this burst. We were able to record six RW2.RAW frames in 1.2 seconds. It took 12.7 seconds to process this burst. Only five RAW+JPEG pairs could be captured in 0.9 seconds before the frame rate slowed. It took 17.2 seconds to process this burst.

      Buy this camera if:
      - You need a capable, pocketable camera for walk-around photography.
      - You require straightforward controls and logical, easy-to-use menus.
      - You would enjoy operating the camera via a touch screen.
      - You're interested in shooting raw files.
      - You want to shoot Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with good audio quality.

      Don't buy this camera if:
      - You won't utilise the camera's full capabilities.

      IMATEST GRAPHS
      JPEG image files

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      GF3_1010098_colors_JPEG
      GF3_1010098_YBL72_ca_JPEG
      GF3_1010098_YR37_cpp_JPEG
      GF3_1010098_YBL72_cpp_JPEG

      Raw image files converted into 16-bit TIFF format with the supplied Silkypix Developer Studio software.

      GF3_1010098_colorerror_RAW
      GF3_1010098_colors_RAW
      GF3_1010098_YBL72_ca_RAW
      GF3_1010098_YR37_cpp_RAW
      GF3_1010098_YBL72_cpp_RAW

      SAMPLE IMAGES (all taken with the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH lens)

      GF3_1010112_AWB-tung

      Auto white balance with incandescent lighting.

      GF3_1010114_AWB-fluoro

      Auto white balance with fluorescent lighting.

      GF3_1010121_night-ISO160

      30 second exposure at f/2.5, ISO 160.

      GF3_1010128_night-ISO800

      8 second exposure at f/4, ISO 1600.

      GF3_1010125_night_ISO3200

      8 second exposure at f/4.5, ISO 3200.

      GF3_1010126_night-ISO6400

      8 second exposure at f/8, ISO 6400.

      GF3_1010129_flash-ISO160

      Flash exposure at ISO 160; 1/40 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_1010131_flash-ISO800

      Flash exposure at ISO 1600; 1/40 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_1010133_flash-ISO3200

      Flash exposure at ISO 3200; 1/40 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_1010134_flash-ISO6400

      Flash exposure at ISO 6400; 1/60 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010200_no-zoom

      14mm lens with digital zoom disabled; ISO 160, 1/160 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_P1010201_2x-digizoom

      14mm lens with 2x digital zoom;ISO 160, 1/160 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_P1010202_4x-digizoom

      14mm lens with 4x digital zoom;ISO 160, 1/160 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_1010109_close

      Close-up; ISO 160, 1/1300 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_P1010167-straight

      No Creative Control setting; ISO 160, 1/800 second at f/2.8.

      GF3_P1010168_Expressive

      The Expressive Creative Control setting; ISO 160, 1/1000 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010169_Retro

      The Retro Creative Control setting; ISO 160, 1/800 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010170_High-key

      The High Key Creative Control setting; ISO 160, 1/500 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010171_Sepia

      The Sepia Creative Control setting; ISO 160, 1/800 second at f/2.8.

      GF3_P1010172_High-dynamic

      The High Dynamic Creative Control setting; ISO 640, 1/1000 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_P1010173_Miniature

      The Miniature Effect setting; ISO 160, 1/1000 second at f/2.8.

      GF3_P1010181

      ISO 160, 1/500 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010188

      ISO 1600, 1/250 second at f/5.

      GF3_P1010191

      ISO 160, 1/125 second at f/2.5.

      GF3_P1010196

      ISO 400, 1/320 second at f/4.5

      GF3_P1010212

      ISO 160, 1/1000 second at f/2.8.

      GF3_P1010214

      ISO 160, 1/1000 second at f/3.2.

      GF3_AVCHD-FSH-video

      Still frame from AVCHD clip at FSH setting.

      GF3_AVCHD-SH-video

      Still frame from AVCHD clip at SH setting.

      GF3_MJPEG-HD-video

      Still frame from Motion JPEG clip at HD setting.

      GF3_MJPEG-VGA-video

      Still frame from Motion JPEG clip at VGA setting.

      GF3_MJPEG-QVGA-video

      Still frame from Motion JPEG clip at QVGA setting.

      Additional image samples can be found with the review of the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens.

       

      Specifications

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      Image sensor: 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor with 13.06 million photosites (12.1 megapixels effective)
      Image processor: Venus Engine FHD
      A/D processing: 12-bit
      Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
      Focal length crop factor: 2x
      Image formats: Stills - RW2.RAW, JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW+JPEG; Movies - AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG; 3D - MPO (with 3D lens)
      Image Sizes: Stills - 4:3 aspect: 4000 x 3000, 2816 x 2112, 2048 x 1536 (1600 x 1200 with 3D lens); 3:2 aspect: 4000 x 2672, 2816 x 1880, 2048 x 1360 (1600 x 1064 with 3D lens); 16:9 aspect: 4000 x 2248, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080 (1600 x 904 with 3D lens); 1:1 aspect: 2992 x 2992, 2112 x 2112, 1504 x 1504 (1440 x 1440 with 3D lens); Movies - 1920 x 1080 at 50i or 1280 x 720 at 50p (sensor output is 25p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 (all at 30 fps)
      Image Stabilisation: Lens-based
      Dust removal: Supersonic wave filter
      Shutter speed range: 60 to 1/4000 second plus Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes); For movies: 1/16000 ~ 1/25 sec.
      Exposure Compensation: +/- 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
      Exposure bracketing: 3 or 5 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, +/-4/3 EV
      Self-timer: 2 or 10 seconds delay plus 10 sec, 3 images
      Focus system: 23-area Contrast AF with Face Detection (AF/AE) and AF tracking; AF-assist lamp provided
      Focus modes: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus, multi-sensor and single sensor AF; face detection, AF tracking; Quick AF/continuous AF; Touch-screen AF (1-area-focusing in Face detection, AF Tracking, Multi-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing), Pinpoint focusing
      Exposure metering: 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system with Intelligent Multiple, Centre Weighted, Spot modes
      Shooting modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
      Scene modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby 1/2, Pet, Party, Sunset
      Picture Style/Control settings: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature
      Colour space options: sRGB, Adobe RGB
      Custom functions: Film modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
      ISO range: Auto, Intelligent , ISO 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
      White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Colour temperature setting; Blue/amber and magenta/green adjustments
      Flash: TTL Built-in pop-up flash, GN 6.3 equivalent (ISO 160/m); Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off modes
      Flash exposure adjustment: +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps
      Sequence shooting: H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 frames/sec (with Live View),
      L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View); Max. 7 images for RAW files; 'unlimited' JPEGs
      Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
      Viewfinder: n.a.
      LCD monitor: 3-inch, 3:2 aspect TFT LCD with Touch panel and 460,000 dots
      Live View modes: 2x, 4x digital zoom, Extra Tele Conversion of 2x for stills, 3.1x for movies; Guide Lines (3 patterns), Real-time Histogram
      Playback functions: 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 / Favourite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favourite, Print Set, Protect, Face Rec Edit
      Interface terminals: USO 2.0, HDMI (Type C Mini), Mic. terminal, remote controller, VIERA Link
      Power supply: ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2 V, 1010 mAh); CIPA rated for approx. 320 shots (when using the LCD / LVF) with H-FS014042
      Dimensions (wxhxd): 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm (body only)
      Weight: Approx. 222 grams (body only)

       

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      Camerastore.com.au

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      Ph: 1800 155 067

      Camera-Warehouse

       

      camera-warehouse120

      www.camera-warehouse.com.au
      Comprehensive range of digital cameras and accessories online (www.camera-warehouse.com.au) and an online print service (www.royalexpress.com.au).

      Digital Camera Warehouse

       

      www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au
      174 Canterbury Road 367 High Street
      Canterbury Northcote
      NSW 2193 VIC 3070
      Ph: 1300 365 220

      Electronics Warehouse

       

      www.electronicswarehouse.com.au
      1300 801 885
      Australian retailer of Vapex rechargeable batteries offering factory direct prices and fast, free shipping Australia wide.

      Greg Smith's Photo Accessories

       

      www.dvdreamtime.com.au
      1800 50 80 82
      Big range of photographic accessories, Australia-wide shipping.

      Paxtons

       

      www.paxtons.com.au
      285 George St
      Sydney NSW 2000
      Ph: (02) 9299 2999

      Photographic Equipment & Supplies - Retail & Repairs. Click here for list of stores.

      Ted's Cameras

       

      Teds-Logo120

      www.teds.com.au

      1800 186 895
      Big range of cameras and photographic products with stores in most states and online.

      Rating

       

      PR-EdChoice-web-100

      RRP: $899 (single-lens kit)

      Rating (out of 10):

      • Build: 8.5
      • Ease of use: 9.0
      • Autofocusing: 8.8
      • Image quality: JPEG - 8.5; Raw - 9.0
      • Video quality: AVCHD - 9.0; Motion JPEG - 8.5
      • OVERALL: 9.0

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