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Lumix DMC-GF3 This is the ultra small and light Panasonic Lumix entry-level G-Micro Four Thirds camera.

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Hands on with the Lumix GF3

I now have a Lumix GF3 to explore for a couple of weeks

Any questions? Just post them here!

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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

Does it feel significantly smaller than the GF2?
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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

Hello this is Marcel from the Netherlands.

I've been using the GF3 (14/42 lens) for a week now.
Is doesn't seem to produce very sharp images.

What is your experience?
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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

The 14-42 is a budget lens, but I think it's a respectable performer. Can you provide any examples to demonstrate where the lens is not very sharp?

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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

The photos seem look oke but dont really have a edgy area, a spot where focus is really dead on.
I had big hope for face recognition. But maybe i'm just using the wrong settings.

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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

That second one looks pretty sharp to me, especially given the 1/13th shutter.
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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

Hello there, and thanks for the replies.

I have to days to decide if i want to exchange the camera for an other model.

I originally decided to go for a DSLR but i wanted something small.
Don't know if i made the right choice.

For me the options are to exchange for a GH2 or go for the Nikon D3100 because they all are round the same price. (Around 500 euro's).
Another option is the trade up for an pancake-lens, since this will need need less light.

I only have been using point and shoot before. These seem to produce sharper/edgy/higher contrast photos (maybe software sharpened)
Therefore it is hard for me to compare the image quality to the result of an DSLR like the D3100.

Can anyone give me some insight considering image quality and detail. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

The second photo looks very sharp to me as well, just as Reggie says. The camera seemed to focus on the girl's face. Some other items on the table are out of focus because they are simply outside the depth of field with the selected aperture (f/stop). The color and contrast look good to me too. What is it about the photo that doesn't please you?

On the first photo, there appears to be a bit of motion blur, probably due to a slow shutter speed. I'm having more difficulty telling where the camera focused. The scene looks very dark, so I guessing that the problem is simply that there was too little light for a handheld photo without flash.

I'm guessing that the compact-camera images are sharpened more than what you're getting from the GF-3. Sharpening makes an image look sharp, but the GF-3 images will have much more true detail. Is the contrast you're used to seeing also a product of noise and a limited dynamic range in the compact cameras? These may give the appearance of good contrast, but will not have the subtlety of color and detail of the GF-3. There are also settings in the GF-3 to increas contrast and sharpening if you prefer.

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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

Nobody has picked up on the fact that these were taken at 1/20th and 1/13th second shutter speeds. These are very slow shutter speeds. There is lots of obvious subject movement that will not be countered by IS (that only corrects camera shake). Considering the conditions I think the sharpness is pretty good.

This is not a fair test of the lens or camera at all.

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Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

Thank you for the relevant shutter-speed remark.
Still i'm wondering if under the same conditions a G3 or Nikon D3100 would have performed better.

I often shoot in low light situations. For now i'm still considering trading up for
A) GF3 pancake-lens
B) G3
C) Nikon D3100

What would your advice be for someone living in the Netherlands + shooting lots of indoor images
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