Announced 2 weeks ago, the successor to the Panasonic G2 has already been tested and briefly reviewed on DxOMark. The Panasonic G3 is more than a simple revamp of its predecessor; this new model represents a leap forward for the G Series with:
When speaking about the G3’s sensor in their press release, Panasonic proclaimed it was much better than its predecessor at high ISO settings. With that said, let’s check out the DxOMark results.
Here are the full Panasonic Lumic DMC G3 DxOMark results.
It is worth noting that Micro Four Thirds sensors are smaller than APS-C or Full Frame sensors. Their smaller size means less light is captured; it will be quite challenging for sensor manufacturers of this format to achieve a score equal or superior to that of APS-C sensors.
In spite of this physical challenge, the Panasonic G3 has some impressive improvements to be reported:
See here the comparison with the previous G Models: Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic G2 vs Panasonic G3
In comparison with the previous G1 and G2, measurements indeed show a noticeable improvement for high ISO:
When it comes to photonic noise and color sensitivity the G3 has similar behaviors to the GH1 and GH2. Nevertheless on dark noise management, especially at Low ISO the GH-series cameras have the upper hand: Dynamic Range measurements for the GH1 and GH2 are 1 Stop better at low ISO.
See the full comparison here: Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GH1 vs Panasonic GH2
If the previous G2 was a bit behind the Olympus PEN EP2, the G3 changes the game score and ends up with a tie. The Panasonic G3 not only has exactly the same Overall Score when compared with the Olympus PEN EP2 but it also takes the lead on the Low-Light ISO score.
The more noticeable figures are:
See the full comparison here: Panasonic G3 vs Olympus PEN EP2
Last but not least, the Sony NEX sensor (which is an APS/C) remains higher ranked in every aspect.
See the comparison here: Panasonic Lumix DMC G3 vs Sony NEX 3 vs Sony NEX 5
If you are looking for a compact camera for traveling with a light bag, and you are considering a high-end bridge such as the Canon Powershot G12 or S90, you should take a look to this comparison.
The micro 4/3 camera provides a significantly better image quality on every aspect and in every lighting condition.
See the whole comparison here : Panasonic G3 vs Canon Powershot S95 vs Canon Powershot G12