LUMIX DMC-G3 – Big Camera in a Small Package

I consider myself a pretty serious amateur photographer, I love the hobby and have taken some very professional looking shots if I do say so myself. What I don’t enjoy is lugging around my huge camera and hefty lens, just for a trip to the beach, but I don’t want to miss out on any potentially amazing photo opportunities…

Well, Panasonic just announced a brand new addition to the LUMIX G Series of Compact Cameras, the LUMIX DMC-G3, this is the smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder that they’ve ever made. This new camera offers a much lighter and smaller camera than your more traditional DSLR allowing for much greater portability and more creative control.

The G3 also features a new 16.0-megapixel sensor that produces rich, true-to-life, high quality images, plus 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition (HD) video recording capability with stereo sound in AVCHD. The Panasonic LUMIX G3 is the ideal hybrid, offering superb still and video capabilities with many easy-to-use features so users at any level can create professional-quality images.

The LUMIX G3 offers photographers the opportunity to express their creativity with cool pre-sets like Creative Control mode, which allows for images to be taken with popular visual effects like Retro, High Key, Sepia and High Dynamic. Â The conventional film mode has also evolved with a new effect control, Photo Style, which has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait settings that allow finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 is made of aluminum and will be available in a variety of attractive colors, including black, red, white and brown, starting in June 2011.