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Old Feb 3, 2013, 9:55 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been already covered somewhere, but I can't find it if so.

I recently picked up a G3 body only as Amazon had a good deal, and am working on figuring out things. One of the things I would expect to be there but cannot find if so is the ability to flip through the pages of the menus without having to tab down through all the items on a page before I get to the next page. On my FZ cameras I can do this by flicking the zoom lever and I realize that won't work as this camera does not have that lever, but still, it seems so basic.

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Old Feb 4, 2013, 1:58 AM   #2
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The G1 bodies I have don't have the ability to flip pages like my FZ28 did.

Using the control wheel is a little faster and pressing it enters and exits menu settings, but it's nothing like having the zoom lever and toggle to work with.
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I have a G3 which I bought a month ago. It is very easy to use but you have to spend some time to play with it in order to be efficient. Don't get hung up on trying to use it like a FZ series camera. This is a totally different camera. The touch screen functions are good but the way it is used is not 100% touch screen. It more like touch screen combining with the function buttons on the back of the camera. The best way to use the camera is to learn how to program (add) functions to the Custom Menu. I use the A (Aperture Priority) and M (Manual) modes most of the time, so I program these 2 modes on the Custom Menu with the features I need. It is not that complicated once you get used to it.

Have fun shooting with your new G3!

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Here is an in depth review of the G3:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcg3
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Thanks all. I expect I will have fun. Don't know how much I will use the touch screen as I expect to have telephoto lens on most of the time and will use the EVF, but it is an interesting feature.
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That function is not available on the G3. You will have to go through each item on a page before you can get to the next. They could have implemented that very easily because to scroll down you can either use the down arrow or the wheel. Panasonic could have made the wheel go flip from page to page while the up/down arrow could be used to scroll through each page. Just a bad implementation of the functionality of the wheel IMO.
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...Don't know how much I will use the touch screen as I expect to have telephoto lens on most of the time and will use the EVF, but it is an interesting feature.
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I never use the touch screen. I got pretty irritated with it so I use the EVF 100% of the time, even to review the images. It saves me a lot of battery power as well.
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The articulating LCD screen is great when I am taking low angle shots. Yes, using the EVF saves battery power. Anyway, I always carry a second battery for backup just in case I need it.
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