Panasonic hopes 4K video and a multitude of ways to capture action will lure you away from an entry-level dSLR.
The replacement for the G3, the G5, brings its autofocus system up to the latest generation.
Specs and images of the upcoming DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 Micro Four Thirds cameras briefly appeared on Panasonic's Web site, so click the link and prepare to feast your mince pies
How the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 stacks up to its competition depends upon your priorities: it's the speed king, with the best design for manually oriented shooters, but its image quality lags the field.
Although the photos look a hair noisier and overprocessed compared with many competitors, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 has a lot to recommend about it--including a flip-and-twist touch-screen and speedy performance.
It's not a terribly small camera, but given the full set of hardware features--articulated LCD, electronic viewfinder and flash--it's well-designed and comfortable to shoot with.
JPEG image quality has much improved in the G3 over the G2 and many of the earlier Panasonic models.
If you're looking for a camera that's not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn't skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is a great option. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting action, so you may end up having to go with something just a bit bigger, anyway.
After spending a few quality hours with the camera, we think it should deliver better image quality and performance than its predecessor, and we welcome the updates to the design.