Re: Hands-on preview of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
I find the G3 exciting in many respects. Number 1 reason is the new sensor; I also look forward to comparison tests. That "one third of the noise" claim seems questionable--I'll bet it's only referring to one small part of the signal chain, not overall noise in the image--but it seems like a promising development overall.
The smaller body size is generally very appealing, but the small grip looks like it would be a poor match for larger lenses. I can see the appeal to the target market, but I wish Panasonic had put a more substantial grip on the smaller body. Looking at the photos that Alan pointed us to, I definitely find the G3 more appealing than the GF-1--the built-in EVF looks much more elegant, the tilt-swivel LCD is very convenient, and the overall size is quite similar.
My other issues with the G3 are some important (to me) features that Panasonic still seems to leave out. As Rick mentioned, the lack of in-body IS is a major detraction. For a camera that can use all of the great Olympus FT lenses and so many legacy lenses, it makes no sense to rely on lens-based IS. Panasonic should give up on their sacred cow "Mega OIS," IMO, and do what's best for the customer. Also, I didn't see any support for wireless flash on the list of G3 specs.
I've never handled one of the G-series, but like John, I suspect that I would prefer the Olympus offerings. So I'm also excited to see what Olympus have coming next, and hoping it includes the latest sensor developments. Is a 12MP sensor with the technology of the G3 sensor too much to wish for?
- Hal -