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Old Sep 13, 2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default Pros/Cons G3 against GF3

What are the main differences/advantages between the G3 and the GF3?

It's rather confusing for me.

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Old Sep 13, 2011, 7:42 PM   #2
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I know it's not what your asking, but LTZ is praising the Oly EP3 over his G series at the moment
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Old Sep 13, 2011, 11:30 PM   #3
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I'll try to find his posts; thanks!
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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"praising the Oly EP3 over his G series at the moment ".

I did some checking & the EP3 is out of my price range.

It's very confusing with the different G series:

G3K
GF3cK
GF3KK
GF3

I've tried to find out what would be the best one for me, but am hopelessly lost.
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I see what you mean about confusing....

GF3 - CK (black), CR (red), CT (brown), CW (white)
C = Compact camera, with the last letter for body color

GF3-KK is mentioned in Panasonic's site as compact camera (German = kompact kamera), black body, with kit 14 - 42 mm lens

G3K G3 body = black

hope this helps a little
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Old Sep 15, 2011, 11:09 AM   #6
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Wow, Thanks Square One!! That helps immensely! I was just going in circles trying to figure this out.
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Your welcome Carole
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I don't know if the information is still needed... but the G3 is a bit larger than the GF3. But it offers a built-in electronic viewfinder, an articulating LCD screen on the back and a new 16-megapixel sensor.

The GF3 is smaller, has no viewfinder (only a fixed rear LCD) and no provision for an attachable external viewfinder (like the GF1 and GF2). The GF3 also carries over the older 12-megapixel sensor and has fewer external controls than the G3. That means instead of turning a dial or pushing a button for some controls, you have to go into the camera's menu via the rear LCD. Also, the GF3's smaller size can make larger/heavier lenses a bit less balanced - although by no means unusable.

Both are decent cameras - it's really a matter of your own tastes, priorities and needs. Essentially, if you are more concerned about keeping size down, go for the GF3. If you are more concerned about flexibility and plan on using some longer/heavier lenses, go for the G3.

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Biro, indeed this information is exactly what I need! Thanks so much. I won't be purchasing an additional camera until Dec., so all the information I can get, certainly helps!
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i went with the g3. i did like allot of what i saw in the gf3 but in the end i felt the g3 had more to offer. better photo quality, probubly easier to grip and shoot over the smaller bodied gf3. you just have to go read some reviews on these two. some on youtube were helpful. i think it boils down to the gf3 being more oriented to point and shoot users where as the g3 has more to offer someone thinking beginner dslr. i could see having a g3 and a gf3 as a second body in a 2 body micro 43 system bag.
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