Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review

Using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Record Mode

The Lumix GF3's performance is on par with the DMC-G3 that I recently reviewed. Flip the power switch and the camera is up and running in less than a second, and that includes the time used to remove dust from the sensor.

As I mentioned earlier, autofocus speeds have been greatly improved on the GF3. Expect the camera to lock focus in 0.1 - 0.3 seconds at wide-angle and a little more than twice that at the telephoto end (assuming that you're using a zoom lens). That's as fast or faster than a regular D-SLR focuses using its optical viewfinder! Low light focusing times will stay at or below one second in nearly all situations, though be sure that you don't block the AF-assist lamp with your fingers.

I didn't find shutter lag to be an issue on the GF3. Shot-to-shot delays range from 1 second without the flash, to 2 seconds with it. There will be longer waits after you record a burst of photos, especially if RAW files are involved.

There is no way to delete a photo immediately after it is taken -- you'll have to enter playback mode to do that.

Now let's take a look at the various image size and quality options available on the DMC-GF3. To simplify this table, I'm only listing the options for the default 4:3 aspect ratio -- there are three other ratios available. This is also the unofficial "Jeff version" of the table, as Panasonic did not provide them for the GF3, for some reason.

Resolution Quality Approx. File Size # images on 4GB SDHC card (optional)
4000 x 3000
RAW+Fine 22.1 MB 181
RAW+Standard 18.6 MB 215
RAW 15.1 MB 265
Fine 7.0 MB 573
Standard 3.5 MB 1137

2816 x 2112

RAW+Fine 19.0 MB 211
RAW+Standard 17.1 MB 234
Fine 3.9 MB 1030
Standard 2.0 MB 2011
2048 x 1536
RAW+Fine 17.5 MB 228
RAW+Standard 16.3 MB 245
Fine 2.5 MB 1630
Standard 1.3 MB 3176

Again, there are a lot more image sizes available, which depend on what aspect ratio you're using. There's also a special 2 Megapixel size for use with the optional 3D lens. The GF3 can take a RAW image alone, or with a JPEG of the size and quality of your choosing.

This screen is the gateway to the virtual mode dial or the main menu

When you first press the menu button, you'll be presented with the "gateway" screen that you can see above. From here you can access the virtual mode dial, or jump directly to a specific section of the main menu.

The GF3's virtual mode dial

Before I tell you about the menus, let's talk about the virtual mode dial, pictured above. To switch between items on the mode dial, you'll use the control dial on the back of the camera. The items on the virtual mode dial include:

Option Function
Intelligent Auto mode Point-and-shoot, with automatic scene selection, face detection, subject tracking, intelligent sharpening, dynamic range improvement, and more. Many menu items are locked up.
Intelligent Auto+ mode Same as above, but with the ability to use "sliders" on the LCD to easily adjust brightness, color (white balance), and background blur.
Program mode Automatic, with full menu access; a Program Shift option lets you use the control dial to move through sets of aperture/shutter speed values.
Aperture Priority mode You set the aperture, and the camera picks the appropriate shutter speed. The available apertures will depend on what lens is attached.
Shutter Priority mode You pick the shutter speed, and the camera selects the aperture. The shutter speed range is 60 - 1/4000 sec.
Full manual (M) mode You select both the aperture and the shutter speed. Same ranges as above. A bulb mode is also available, for exposures as long as 2 minutes.
Custom mode You can store your favorite camera settings to this spot on the mode dial.
Scene mode You pick the scene and the camera uses the proper settings. Choose from portrait, soft skin, scenery, architecture, sports, peripheral defocus, flower, food, objects, night portrait, night scenery, illuminations, baby 1/2, pet, party, and sunset.
Creative Control mode Easily change the color of your photos, and blur backgrounds using the touchscreen. See below for more.

You can easily adjust color (AKA white balance) using the slider you see above in iA+ mode

For point-and-shoot operation, nobody does it better than Panasonic and their Intelligent Auto mode. The camera literally does everything for you, whether it's selecting a scene mode for you or intelligently sharpening parts of a photo. There's a new iA+ mode on the GF3, which allows you to use "sliders" on the touchscreen to adjust background defocus (aperture), brightness (exposure compensation), and white balance (color), without having to know any technical jargon.

Scene menu

If you want to select your own scene mode, there are plenty to choose from, most of which should be self-explanatory. The baby and pet modes allow you to put the name and birthday of two children and one animal into the camera, and this information is stored in the metadata of photos taken in those modes.

The Creative Control mode is not unlike the My Color mode on the old GF2. You can choose from six effects: expressive (pop art), retro, high key, sepia, high dynamic, and miniature effect (which is all the rage these days). The same defocus control that's available in Intelligent Auto mode can be used here, as well.

Naturally, the GF3 has a full set of manual exposure controls. The only thing missing here is a bulb mode, though that wasn't available on the GF2 either.

Now let's get to talk about the GF3's menu system, which is broken into five tabs, covering shooting, movie, custom, setup, and playback options. It's easy to navigate (and is not touch-enabled), though some help screens would've been nice. Keeping in mind that some of these items may not be available in all shooting modes, here's the full list of menu options:

Record Menu
  • Photo Style (Standard, vivid, natural, monochrome, scenery, portrait, custom)
  • Aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1)
  • Picture size (Large, medium, small)
  • Quality (Fine, standard, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, RAW)
  • ISO sensitivity (Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400)
  • ISO limit set (Off, 200, 400, 800, 1600) - how high Auto and Intelligent ISO will go
  • ISO increments (1/3EV, 1EV)
  • Face recognition (On, off, memory, set) - described earlier
  • Focus mode (AF-S, AF-C, MF) - whether the focus locks when you halfway-press the shutter release, or if focusing continues even with it halfway-pressed
  • Quick AF (on/off) - activates the AF system when the camera is held steadily; reduces focus times at the expense of battery life
  • Metering mode (Multiple, center-weighted, spot)
  • Flash (Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill flash w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction)
  • Redeye removal (on/off) - digital redeye removal
  • Intelligent Resolution (Off, low, standard, high, extended) - see below
  • Intelligent Dynamic (Off, low, standard, high) - see below
  • Long shutter noise reduction (on/off) - reduce noise in photos with slow shutter speeds
  • Shading compensation (on/off) - reduces vignetting, though it's off by default
  • Extra tele conversion (on/off) - see below
  • Digital zoom (Off, 2X, 4X) - reduces image quality and is best avoided
  • Burst rate (Low, medium, high)
  • Auto bracket - also described earlier
    • Settings (Single-shot, continuous)
    • Step (3 shots/0.3EV, 3 shots/0.6EV, 5 shots/0.3EV, 5 shots/0.6EV)
    • Sequence (0/-/+, -0/+)
  • Self-timer (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec w/3 shots)
  • Color space (sRGB, AdobeRGB)
  • Stabilizer (Off, normal, panning)

Motion Picture Menu - will cover these in detail later -- listing the unique items only

  • REC mode (AVCHD, Motion JPEG)
  • Rec quality
    • In AVCHD mode (FSH/1080p, SH/720p)
    • In Motion JPEG mode (720p, VGA, QVGA)
  • Picture mode (Motion picture priority, still picture priority) - determines the size of still images taken during movie recording
  • Continuous AF (on/off)
  • Wind cut (Off, low, standard, high) - useful for shooting outdoors
  • Mic level display (on/off)
  • Mic level adjust (1 - 4) - manually adjust the microphone level
  • Flicker reduction (Off, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120) - reduces flicker or striping in movies, presumably due to fluorescent lighting
Custom Menu
  • Custom setting memory (C1, C2, C3)- save current camera settings to the custom spot on the mode dial
  • Quick Menu/Fn button (Quick Menu / Function) - choose whether this button opens the Quick Menu or serves as a customizable button
  • Function button set (AF/AE lock, preview, Photo Style, aspect ratio, quality, focus mode, metering mode, flash, ISO sensitivity, ISO limit set, extra tele converter, burst rate, auto bracket, guide line, rec area) - define what the customizable Fn button does, if you've turned it on
  • Histogram (on/off) - when you turn it on, you get to place it wherever you want
  • Guide line (Off, 3 x 3, cross, custom) - the last option lets you put a pair of guide lines wherever you please
  • Highlight (on/off) - whether overexposed areas of a photo "blink" in post-shot review
  • Exposure metring (on/off) - whether a guide showing the aperture and shutter speed is shown on the LCD in P/A/S/M mode
  • AF/AE lock (AE, AF, AF/AE) - what happens when you press this button
  • Focus priority (on/off) - whether a photo can be taken without focus lock
  • AF-assist lamp (on/off)
  • AF+MF (on/off) - whether you can manually focus after autofocus is complete
  • MF assist (on/off) - frame enlargement in manual focus mode
  • MF guide (on/off) - whether that semi-useful focus distance gauge is shown
  • iA button switch (Single press, press and hold) - how much work is required to activate Intelligent Auto mode
  • Movie button (on/off) - enable or disable the dedicated movie recording button
  • Rec area (Picture, movie) - set the angle of view on the LCD for stills or movies
  • Remaining display (Shots, time) - whether you see remaining shots or movie recording time on the LCD
  • Touch settings
    • Touch quick menu (on/off) - enable or disable the touch-based Quick Menu
    • Defocus control (on/off) - whether you can use the background blur feature using the touchscreen
    • Touch shutter (on/off) - whether you can take a photo by touching an area on the LCD
    • Touch AF (on/off) - whether you can focus by touching the LCD
  • Touch guide (on/off) - whether descriptions of the touch features are shown on the LCD
  • Touch scroll (Low, high speed) - how quickly you swipe through images in playback mode
  • Menu resume (on/off) - whether camera goes back to where you left off in the menu system
  • Pixel refresh - removes dead pixels from the sensor
  • Sensor cleaning - manually run the dust reduction cycle
  • Shoot without lens (on/off) - whether you can take a photo without a lens attached; used with the two Leica adapters


Setup Menu

  • Clock set
  • World time (Destination, home)
  • Travel date - the day and location of your trip get stored in the photo metadata
    • Travel setup (Off, set) - set the departure and return dates for your trip
    • Location (Off, set) - store your destination name
  • Beep (Muted, low, high)
  • Volume (0-6)
  • Monitor - adjust the brightness, color, and red/blue tint of both of these separately
  • LCD mode (Auto, mode 1 - 3) - auto adjusts the brightness based on the available light; the mode numbers represent bright, standard, and dark
  • Economy
    • Sleep mode (Off, 1, 2, 5, 10 mins) - auto power off
    • Auto LCD off (Off, 15, 30 secs)
  • Auto review (Off, 1, 3, 5 sec, hold) - post-shot review
  • USB mode (Select on connection, PictBridge/PTP, PC)
  • Video out (NTSC, PAL)
  • TV aspect (16:9, 4:3)
  • HDMI mode (Auto, 1080i, 720p, 576p/480p)
  • Viera Link (on/off) - whether the camera can be operated from the remote control of compatible HDTVs
  • 3D playback (3D, 2D) - turn this on when connected to a 3D television
  • Scene menu (Off, auto) - whether the scene mode menu pops up when you turn the mode dial to that position
  • Calibration - for the touchscreen
  • Language
  • Version display
  • File number reset
  • Reset - return the recording and setup/custom settings to defaults
  • Format memory card
Playback Menu
  • 2D/3D settings -only shows up when you're connected to a 3D TV; I have no idea what the options are
  • Slideshow
    • Show (All, picture only, video only, 3D only, category selection)
    • Effect (Natural, slow, swing, urban, off) - transitions and effects
    • Setup
      • Duration (1, 2, 3, 5 secs)
      • Repeat (on/off)
      • Sound (Off, auto, music, audio) - choose whether background music or movie audio is played
  • Playback mode (Normal play, picture play, AVCHD play, Motion JPEG play, 3D play, category play, favorite play) - a quick way to filter through the items on your memory card
  • Title edit - type in a comment for a photo
  • Text stamp - stamp the shooting date/time, name (of person, baby, or pet), location, travel date, or title onto a photo; photos will be downsized to "small" size
  • Video divide - chop a movie in half; good for removing unwanted footage
  • Resize - downsize a photo
  • Cropping - trim a photo
  • Aspect ratio conversion (3:2, 4:3, 1:1) - only works with 16:9 photos
  • Rotate image
  • Rotate display - whether portraits are automatically rotated
  • Favorite (Single, multi, cancel) - tag photo or photos as favorites
  • Print set (Single, multi, cancel) - tag a photo for printing to a PictBridge-enabled photo printer
  • Protect (Single, multi, cancel)
  • Face recognition edit (Replace, delete) - update or remove data for a recognized face

I'd like to touch on a few of those options before we continue to the photo tests.

Adjusting a Photo Style

Let's begin with the Photo Style option, which was called Film Mode on previous G-series models. A Photo Style contains presets for contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise reduction. There are six presets, plus one custom spot, and each of them can be adjusted to your heart's content.

You may have noticed that there are two "auto" ISO modes available. The regular Auto ISO boosts the sensitivity solely based on the brightness of the scene. Intelligent ISO takes both the scene brightness as well as subject movement into account when boosting the sensitivity. You can set the maximum ISO that the two Auto ISO modes in the record menu.

The Intelligent Resolution feature is unchanged from the GF2. This system applies different amounts of sharpening to the various subjects in your photos. It'll sharpen the edges the most, go a bit easier on textures, and leave smooth gradation areas (like the sky) alone. In Intelligent Auto mode it's set to "auto", but in the manual shooting modes it's off by default. The available settings are low, standard, high, and extended (super high). Below is an example of the Intelligent Resolution feature in action. I'm only showing you a crop of the whole image, so be sure to click on those "view full size image" links to see more!

IR Off
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IR low
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IR standard
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IR high
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IR extended
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As you can see, the crop above gets noticeable sharper as you increase the Intelligent Resolution setting. When you get to "high" I think it's a bit over-the-top, so I'd probably stay at Standard. As with the DMC-G3, the extended setting seems softer than the one before it, which is the opposite of how things are supposed to be.

Another feature carried over from the GF2 is Intelligent Dynamic. This feature brightens shadows and is supposed to help with highlight clipping, but I haven't noticed much of an improvement in that area in previous models. This feature is always on in Intelligent Auto mode, while in the manual modes it's off by default. There are three levels of I.E. to choose from in the manual modes: low, standard, and high. Here's an example:

ID off
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ID low
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ID standard
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ID high
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The test does a nice job of illustrating how the Intelligent Dynamic features brightens shadows. You will see that the high setting isn't any better than standard, though that may not always be the case -- you're really just setting the maximum amount of brightening the camera will use, and it didn't think any more was needed here. The test also shows that improves in highlight detail were minimal, at best.

The third unchanged feature that's worth a mention is Extra Tele Conversion. By lowering the resolution of the camera, you can get extra zoom power, without the loss in quality that is associated with digital zoom. The most you can get is 2X worth, and you'll need to drop down to the small (3 Megapixel) resolution in order to get that. In movie mode (at 720p and lower resolutions) you can get anywhere from 3.1X to 4.2X of additional zoom power.

Let's move on to our photo tests now. I took these with a variety of lenses, so be sure to look under the photo to see which one I used!

Lens used: Leica F1.4, 25mm

Since I've taken this photo so many times with the cheap kit lenses, I decided to use the brand new Panasonic/Leica F1.4, 25mm lens for our macro test shot (note that this lens is different from the F2.8, 45 mm Leica macro lens that's also available). Aside from the slight brown color cast (that all Panasonic cameras seem to have in my studio), the photo looks great. The subject is tack sharp (thank you Leica), with plenty of detail captured. Colors are saturated and accurate, with the aforementioned color cast mostly affecting the white background. I don't see any noise here, nor would I expect to.

The minimum distance to your subject will depend on what lens you're using. Both the Leica lens used here and the 14 - 42 mm kit lens have minimum distances of 30 cm. The 14mm pancake lens can focus at subjects 18 cm away.

Lens used: Panasonic F4.0-5.6, 45 - 200 mm OIS

The GF3 won't win any awards for its rendition of our standard night test scene, for a variety of reasons. From the thumbnail you can see a brownish color cast -- Panasonic cameras really seem to struggle with color accuracy under artificial light. The GF3 took in plenty of light, and you can do that using either the manual controls or the scene modes. Sharpness is just average here, and that may be due to the fact that Intelligent Resolution is off here (which is the standard setting in the manual modes). There is some highlight clipping here, though it doesn't seem as bad as it was on the GF2. Purple fringing is strong in places, though I blame the lens more than anything for that. Something you will not find here is any noise or noise reduction artifacting.

Now, let's use that same night scene to see how the DMC-G3 performed at higher sensitivities in low light situations.

ISO 160

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

There's very little to differentiate the first three crops, with just an inkling of noise becoming visible at ISO 400. Noise becomes a bit more obvious at ISO 800, though it shouldn't prevent you from making a large print at that setting. At ISO 1600 there's enough noise present that you'll need to downsize the images (for printing or online display) or consider shooting RAW. Things start going downhill rapidly at ISO 3200, and I'd avoid ISO 6400 entirely.

Can you get more detail out of the GF3 by shooting RAW and doing some easy post-processing? I grabbed the ISO 1600 night photo to find out.

ISO 1600

JPEG, straight out of the camera

RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)

RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask

There's an improvement here, but it's not life-changing. Would I probably shoot RAW and post-process at ISO 800 and 1600 in low light? Yes. Above that? Probably not worth it. We'll see if we can do a little better in normal lighting in a bit.

Night ISO test added on October 4, 2011

As soon as I took a look at the DMC-GF3, I knew that it would have issues with redeye, due to the close proximity of the lens and flame. Sure enough, despite both a preflash and digital redeye removal system, the resulting photo was loaded with red. There's nothing else you can do about it on the camera, since there's no redeye removal tool in playback mode, so you'll have to fix this on your computer.

Lens used: Panasonic F3.5-5.6, 14 - 42 mm (from DMC-G3 review)

Lens used: Panasonic F2.8, 14mm

Since there are two kit lenses available for the DMC-GF3, I've got two distortion tests. The first one, for the 14 - 42 mm zoom, shows fairly mild barrel distortion. This lens doesn't have any issues with corner blurring, nor is vignetting (dark corners) a problem. The same cannot be said for the 14mm pancake lens, which is the other kit lens. This lens has noticeable vignetting at times, and some corner blurring, as well. Barrel distortion is a bit stronger than the 14-42, but not horrible by any means.

Lens used: Leica F1.4, 25mm

Now let's take a look at our studio test scene. Since the lighting is the same every time, you can compare these samples with those from other cameras I've reviewed over the years. While the crops below give you a quick idea as to how much noise is present at each ISO setting, viewing the full size images is strongly recommended. I used the new Leica lens for these as well, so they're extra sharp. Here we go!

ISO 160

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

Everything is clean and smooth through ISO 800. At ISO 1600 there's some mild noise, but it shouldn't slow you down. The ISO 3200 photo has some detail loss, so you'll want to use it for small prints, or shoot RAW to see if you can do a better job of cleaning things up. I would pass on the ISO 6400 setting.

Speaking of RAW, let's try to clean up that ISO 3200 image, just like we did with the night shot earlier:

ISO 3200

JPEG, straight out of the camera

RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)

RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask

The improvements to be had by shooting RAW and post-processing include more detail (and less smudging) and more vivid colors. Who doesn't like that? While I don't think you can save photos taken at ISO 6400, it may be worth shooting RAW at ISO 1600 and 3200 for best results.

Studio ISO test added on October 4, 2011

Overall, the Lumix DMC-GF3 produces very good quality photos, though I found a few areas in which things could improve. Like the DMC-G3, the GF3 has the tendency to underexpose by 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop, so bracketing isn't a bad idea. As I said a few paragraphs up, highlight clipping is still present on the GF3, but it's not as noticeable as it was on the GF1 and GF2. Colors generally look very good, except in artificial lighting, where things take on a brown or yellowish cast. Sharpness really depends on the lens you're using, and also the Intelligent Resolution setting (remember that it's off in P/A/S/M mode). The 14mm pancake lens is not the greatest, and has noticeable vignetting to boot. The 14 - 42 mm kit lens is better in most respects, and naturally the pricey 25mm Leica that I got my hands on was the most impressive. The GF3 keeps noise at bay until ISO 1600 in low light and ISO 3200 in good light, and I have a feeling that you'll be able to clean up the high ISO photos nicely once some decent RAW converters support the camera. One thing I did notice is that the camera will slightly smudge fine details, such as the water in this photo, even at ISO 160 (though most people won't notice). Purple fringing is largely lens-dependent, and ranges from mild (25mm, 14 - 42 mm) to moderate (14mm, 40 - 150 mm).

Don't just take my word for all this, though. Have a look at our photo gallery, perhaps printing a few of them if you'd like, and then decide if the DMC-GF3's image quality meets your needs!

Movie Mode

The DMC-GF3's movie mode is mostly unchanged compared to the GF2, except for one thing: audio is no longer recorded in stereo. The GF3 can record Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60i, though the actual sensor output is 30p. The AVCHD codec allows for continuous recording until your memory card fills up, though note that cameras sold in Europe will stop recording just before the elapsed time hits 30 minutes. At the highest quality setting, an hour of video will take up about 8GB, so make sure you have a large (and fast) memory card if you'll be taking a lot of movies. You can also record at 720p60, though again the sensor is only outputting 30 frames/second.

If you don't want to use the AVCHD codec (which can be difficult to edit and share), you can switch over to Motion JPEG instead. There are three resolutions to choose from: 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, and 320 x 240, all at 30 frames/second. There's a file size limit of 2GB when using M-JPEG, so your videos will end after approximately 7 minutes at the 720p resolution.

The DMC-GF3 can focus continuously while you're recording, so you can zoom in and out, or follow moving subjects without issue. If your lens has an image stabilizer, it can be used as well. You can boost the total zoom power by using the Extra Tele Conversion function covered in the previous section. The various special effects in the Creative Control mode can be used, including miniature effect. Do note that videos taken with the miniature effect will be silent, and will be played back in 1/10th of the actual recording time.

The GF3 does not offer any manual controls in movie mode -- you'll need to step up to the DMC-GH2 for that. You can force a shutter speed of 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, or 1/120 by using the flicker reduction feature, though. The GF3 does let you adjust the microphone level manually, or turn on a wind filter. The microphone level can be shown on the LCD, if you'd like. Speaking of the microphone -- be careful -- it's very easy to block with your left hand.

Unlike the DMC-G3 that I just reviewed, the GF3 does not allow you to take stills while a movie is being recorded.

Here's a sample video for you, taken at the highest quality setting (17 Mbps). I've included a link to the original MTS file so you can view or convert it yourself, if you wish.

Click to play movie (1920 x 1080, 30 fps, 21.7 MB, QuickTime format)
Click to download MTS file (24.1 MB)

Playback Mode

The DMC-GF3 has a pretty standard playback mode, aside from its touchscreen functionality. Basic playback features include slideshows (complete with transitions and music), image protection, favorite tagging, DPOF print marking, thumbnail view (in various sizes), and playback zoom. There is no way to move from photo to photo while keeping the zoom and location intact when using playback zoom, however.

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Touch features in playback mode
Animation courtesy of Panasonic

The GF3's touch features in playback mode are the same as they were on its predecessor. To move between photos, just swipe with your finger. If you want to use the playback zoom feature, just tap once on the photo, and it's enlarged by 2X (you can zoom in further by tapping the screen again). Once you're zoomed in, you just drag your finger around to pan around the image. You can also scroll through thumbnails by dragging your finger up or down.

Calendar view This menu lets you filter photos, even by category (scene mode)

Like Panasonic's consumer cameras, the GF3 offers a calendar view of your photos, so you can quickly navigate to photos you took on a specific date. You can also filter photos by file type (still, AVCHD, M-JPEG, 3D), category (which is assigned according to the scene mode used), and whether an image has been tagged as a favorite.

Images can be rotated, resized, and cropped right on the camera. You can print the date, time, location, travel date, custom text, and even the age of your kids or pets onto your photos, which is far beyond what most cameras can do (though note that the images will be downsized). There's also a feature which allows you to change the aspect ratio of a photo. Sadly, there's no redeye removal tool, which comes in handy when this annoyance makes it past the camera's initial reduction system.

The DMC-GF3 has the ability to edit movies, called video divide. This lets you trim unwanted footage from the beginning or end of a clip.

By default, the camera doesn't give you a lot of information about your photos. But press the display button on the touchscreen and you'll see more info, including an RGB histogram. If a registered face, baby, or pet are in the photo, information about them will be shown, as well.

The DMC-GF3 moves through photos instantly when using the four-way controller. With the touchscreen, it'll show up as quickly as you can swipe your finger from side-to-side.