Panasonic has unveiled its smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera yet.
The Lumix GF3 follows in the footsteps of its GF2 and GF1 siblings, cramming high-tech features into a compact body.
Weighing just 222g and measuring 4.24in (10.8 cm wide), 2.64in (6.7 cm) tall, and 1.28in (3.3 cm) deep, the body of the Lumix GF3 is slightly smaller than Sony's diminutive and recently announced Alpha NEX-C3 interchangeable lens camera (the body of which measures 11 x 6 x 3.3cm and weighs 225g). The GF3 also manages to fit in a built-in flash.
The Panasonic Lumix GF3 features full HD 1080/60i video recording, a DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel image sensor, a 3in touch-enabled display and touch-controlled menus, a Dust Reduction System, a wide selection of creative effects, and is compatible with Micro Four Thirds System lenses (including Panasonic's own 3D lens).
The GF3 will be available in the United States for US$700 with a 14mm lens kit system in July or for US$600 with the 14-42mm lens kit system in late August.
Panasonic said the GF3 would be available South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand) somewhere in August but could not confirm the pricing.