Panasonic Lumix GF3 Micro Four Thirds camera revealed

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Significantly smaller than its GF2 predecessor, Panasonic have today revealed their smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet; the Panasonic Lumix GF3.

Replacing the retro stylings of the GF2 with a more modern aluminuim casing, the camera is 16% smaller than previous models thanks to a rejigged lens and repositioned pop-up flash.

You still get all the top features that made the GF2 so great though. A 12.MP snapper, it has an ISO range of 160-6400, a 4fps burst mode and 1080i HD video capture at 25fps, easily played back on big screens thanks to HDMI and digital AV connections.

A 3 inch touchscreen sits on the back, which allows for touch focus (auto-focussing in just 0.18 seconds) as well as letting you customise menus with a drag-and-drop icon interface.

Compatible with both Panasonic and Olympus lenses, the GF3 will ship with a zoom lens for £499. £549 wil get you the body and a pancake lens, while £629 will get you a 4-42mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens and 14mm F/2.5 pancake lens along with the body.

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 Micro Four Thirds will be available from next month.

Gerald Lynch