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  • #16
    Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

    There are several ways to access the Auto-Timer function.

    If you go here:

    http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMCGF3.PDF

    and download the Operation Manual. Then go to the bottom of page 9, it explains the easiest way.


    Sam

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    • #17
      Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

      Originally posted by dutchdodo View Post
      Thank you for the relevant shutter-speed remark.
      Still i'm wondering if under the same conditions a G3 or Nikon D3100 would have performed better.

      I often shoot in low light situations. For now i'm still considering trading up for
      A) GF3 pancake-lens
      B) G3
      C) Nikon D3100

      What would your advice be for someone living in the Netherlands + shooting lots of indoor images
      Camera shake is camera shake whatever brand is used. The only real way to TEST how good the lens is. Mount the camera on a tripod, use a remote shutter release and use a static object to focus on. Alternatively in low light use a flash which will freeze any movement providing there is not enough ambient light to effect the image. In other words eliminate anything than can reduce sharpness.
      If after this you feel the lens is soft then go ahead and change it. I personally see no reason to start over again with another brand, just purchase the better Panasonic or Olympus. Lenses.
      I'm new to 4/3 being a Canon user for many years and bought a G3 almost two weeks ago, I found the 14-42 kit lens reasonably good, but decidedly cheaply constructed. Traded it for a 14-140 different altogether, beautifully made and performs well, another alternative to consider would be the 14-45 reported to be all together better than the 14-42.

      I shall post one or two pictures later today from the 14-140.

      Patrick

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      • #18
        Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

        Originally posted by Patrick View Post
        Camera shake is camera shake whatever brand is used. The only real way to TEST how good the lens is. Mount the camera on a tripod, use a remote shutter release and use a static object to focus on. Alternatively in low light use a flash which will freeze any movement providing there is not enough ambient light to effect the image. In other words eliminate anything than can reduce sharpness.
        If after this you feel the lens is soft then go ahead and change it. I personally see no reason to start over again with another brand, just purchase the better Panasonic or Olympus. Lenses.
        I'm new to 4/3 being a Canon user for many years and bought a G3 almost two weeks ago, I found the 14-42 kit lens reasonably good, but decidedly cheaply constructed. Traded it for a 14-140 different altogether, beautifully made and performs well, another alternative to consider would be the 14-45 reported to be all together better than the 14-42.

        I shall post one or two pictures later today from the 14-140.

        Patrick
        If he shoots a lot in low light the frequency of keepers will probably be determined more by image stabilisation and noise control, although optical quality should of course be a factor.

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        • #19
          Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

          Originally posted by Ian View Post
          If he shoots a lot in low light the frequency of keepers will probably be determined more by image stabilisation and noise control, although optical quality should of course be a factor.

          Ian
          My suggested method is simply to test the lens, to establish what sharpness the lens is capable of giving, if by following this the images are still soft then the low light shooting stands little chance with or without stabilisation & noise control.
          I personally think a wider aperture lens is the answer, accepting the very narrow depth of field when used wide open.

          Patrick

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          • #20
            Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

            I decided to buy a new camera recently and compared some pictures (resolution, colors, lighting, long exposure, etc) and the GF3 in overall was better.

            I charged my credit card with this cameras. (my wife wasn't happy about it but some of them got returned ) I need it to test them side by side.

            1) Already owned D3000 (great resolution but no video) Sold it
            2) Already owned Canon XSi (the d3000 had better resolution) Sold it
            3) Nikon j1 (pictures were very decent, video was awesome) Returned
            4) Nikon p510 (awesome zoom and lots of features but resolution and zoom focus could be better) Returned
            5) Loaned Canon 60D (great pictures but to expensive) Returned
            6) Panasonic DMC-GF3 (fastest autofocus in my opinion and great resolution)

            I choosed the GF3 because from all of the above the GF3 took faster and better pictures than all the others (Canon 60D has better resolution but not worth the extra money) Once you play with the manual focus on the GF3 I got excellent night sky long exposures pictures.

            I also tested video on all the ones that had the option and I must say the Nikon J1 has the best video of all and I'm not talking about the 400fps feature, I'm talking about 1080p@60fps is the smoothest, best color and sharpest of all the cameras with great autofocus. and has internal intervalometer a feature I wanted but picture resolution were not that great compared to the GF3.

            For I was looking for, a easy to use camera for family pictures, occasional long exposure pictures, compact with lots of manual controls the GF3 filled my bill.

            Here is a picture of my daughter using flash (picture was re-sized using power toys image resizer and then uploaded to imageshack, original picture is way better)

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            • #21
              Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

              Nice image quality - just the end of the lens throwing a shadow from the flash

              By the way, best to keep the width to 800 or 900 pixels if at all possible for web viewing.

              Ian
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              • #22
                Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3

                Originally posted by Ian View Post
                Nice image quality - just the end of the lens throwing a shadow from the flash

                By the way, best to keep the width to 800 or 900 pixels if at all possible for web viewing.

                Ian
                Yeah on close ups I have that problem with the flash but that little flash performs very well for it size,

                as for the big picture = sorry about that I took the wrong link to share it, it suppose to be a thumbnail size that you can click to enlarge, it's fix now :-)

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