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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3

Portability
74
Imaging
53
Features
79
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
48
Features
48
Overall
48

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Key Specs

Panasonic G6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 122 x 85 x 71mm
  • Introduced April 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic G5
  • Replacement is Panasonic G7
Panasonic GF3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 264g - 108 x 67 x 32mm
  • Introduced August 2011
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GF2
  • Later Model is Panasonic GF5
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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Panasonic G6 and Panasonic GF3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are created by Panasonic. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the G6 (16MP) and GF3 (12MP) but they possess the same exact sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The G6 was manufactured 21 months after the GF3 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic G6 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GF3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summation of how the G6 grades against the GF3 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G6 over the Panasonic GF3

 G6 GF3 
IntroducedApril 2013August 2011Newer by 21 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1036k460kClearer display (+576k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF3 over the Panasonic G6

 GF3 G6 

Common features in the Panasonic G6 and Panasonic GF3

 G6 GF3 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic G6 comes with exterior measurements of 122mm x 85mm x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Panasonic GF3 has specifications of 108mm x 67mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 264 grams (0.58 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the G6 compared to the GF3.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G6 and GF3 is 74 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to envision the gap between sensor dimensions just by reading specifications. The image here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the G6 and GF3.

Plainly, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Panasonic G6 to deliver extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more recent G6 will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G6 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GF3 as a Portrait photography camera
71
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
55
manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G6 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF3 as a Street photography camera
73
screen articulates fully
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
boasts touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
70
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has touch to focus
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G6 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF3 Sports photography highlights
56
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
no image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
38
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
not so great battery life (300 CIPA)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G6 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic GF3 Travel photography highlights
72
boasts touch focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
no Time Lapse mode
58
has touch to focus
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
not so great battery life (300 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G6 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GF3 Landscape photography advice
67
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
55
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (300 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G6 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GF3 Vlogging highlights
73
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes mic socket
no image stabilization
32
touchscreen functionality
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic GF3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G6 and Panasonic GF3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-04-24 2011-08-11
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 160 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,036 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.50 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390 grams (0.86 lbs) 264 grams (0.58 lbs)
Dimensions 122 x 85 x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 61 50
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 20.6
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 10.1
DXO Low light score 639 459
Other
Battery life 340 photos 300 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $750 $360