Saturday, 31 December 2011

Panasonic G3 & 14-42mm kit lenses Quick Test at Plaza Singapura

Just got my second Panasonic G3 today. Even though this lenses is out in the market for sometimes, and got some good review in the internet, but i do not have any chance to use it. The feeling that my first time i got this camera is that: wow ... how Panasonic squeeze so many features into one small body, as it's really compact and small after having some many features. I was using G1 previous, handling wise, i would think that G1 is better but the G3 is really convenient to carry around and still manageable for me. One immediate big improvement compare to the G1 is the sensor ISO performance, i can shoot ISO-1600 confidently now without any hesitation. this help me to speed up the shutter speed to reduce the handshake.

I posted a few photos below which are from G3 JPEG but with very minor Lightroom exposure setting.

(f/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO-800,84mm equiv.)

(f/3.5, 1/30sec, ISO-800, 28mm equiv)

(1/5.6, 1/30sec, ISO-800, 84mm equiv.)

(f/3.5, 1/80sec, ISO-1600, 39mm equiv(tele-conv), 14mm(original))

Spotted "colourful" ice cream BUT unfortunately, there is a glass in front of the ice cream, else the result will be even better.

(f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO-1600, 84mm equiv.)

(f/4.7, 1/60sec, ISO-1600, 52mm equiv)

(f/4, 1/125sec, ISO-1600, 28mm equiv.)

very little luminance noise as seen in the photo below with ISO-1600.

(f/3.5, 1/13sec, ISO-1600, 28mm equiv.)

(f/4.3, 1/30sec, ISO-1600, 42mm equiv.)

(f/3.5, 1/15sec, ISO-1600, 28mm equiv.)

 I read some review from the internet that they claimed that G3 photo performance is on par with the Canon 600D, is it truth? I do not use 600D before,but the from the DPreview, i personally think that the image quality is basically the same up to ISO-1600. Additionally, G3 can record video up to Full HD AVCHD standard plus the features that i mention below, i think it's really a good camera with lot of features but without the size and weight of the bulky big DSLR.

Moreover, the Electronic View Finder (EVF) really done a good job here if i encounter high brightness outdoor as well as when i need to slow down the shutter speed and required the "third point" (the view finder cum my body become the third point) to maintain the stability of the camera to prevent image blur.

Overall, i really like this camera very much, it's compact, good high ISO performance, good EVF, very nice touch to focus feature which i use a lot, and fast auto focus speed (BUT i really missed the eye sensor beside the EVF in G1, which used to switch between the EVF and LCD screen). Because of the size and light weight, i can bring the camera with me everyday now.

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