ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Panasonic Lumix G3 Vs. The Panasonic Lumix G2

Updated on December 17, 2015
The new Panasonic Lumix G3
The new Panasonic Lumix G3
The Panasonic Lumix G2
The Panasonic Lumix G2

I know a little something about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 camera. For the past 9 months I used one to build a microstock portfolio on Dreamstime that includes over 800 royalty free images and earned me enough money to pay for the camera.

I've since "upgraded" to the Lumix DMC-G3 basically for its larger sensor. In the world of professional photography there is a constant march towards larger and larger megapixel sensor that can produce seemingly billboard sized images. The newest offerings from Cannon and Nikon approach the 21 megapixel mark and even the 32 megapixel mark. So photographers seeking to sell their photos have to keep up with megapixel counts but they don't have live on the bleeding edge.

Dreamstime's cut off is only 3 megapixels but the average size of new photos being submitted is around 12 megapixels which is the size of the sensor in the Panasonic Lumix G2. The G3 steps it up a notch with a new 16 megapixel sensor. This is what attracted me the G3 and since I already have a selection of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenes I just wanted the new body with its upgraded sensor.

In the world of Microstock Photography its hard to justify staying on the bleeding edge of the latest offerings from Cannon and Nikon. With my mid-range, sub-1000 camera, I was able to pay for the camera within 9 months of uploading images on to Dreamstime and to sell off my G2 while it still had value.

Right now or soon the G2, new or used will start becoming a very affordable camera so one might wonder if its worth "upgrading" to the G3 or buying a used or discounted G2. Its all a matter of what use the camera will be to the user and if the feature set fits their use because the G3 is not a straight forward upgrade to the G2. Some features have improved while other have been taken away.

I'm not going to do an intensive review of every single feature of these cameras. I'll just give you the overview of what I think are the most important differences.

G3 Vs G2 in a nutshell

Manual settings
Reliance on the touch LCD
Initial price
Microphone jack
Build quality
Metal - button feel cheaper
View finder sensor

What is a G3 or G2 anyway?

Both of these cameras are from the Micro Four Thirds family of mirrorless digital cameras. This format is a partnership between Olympus and Panasonic. Micro Four Thirds cameras take away the bulky mirror and view finder and replace it with a view finder that reads data off the sensor. The result is some very compact cameras and very compact lens. The lens come in traditional sizes such as 20mm but the focal length equivalent is double because the lens is much closer to the sensor. For example a 20mm is equivalent to a 40mm. The sensor size is larger than a point and shoot camera but smaller than a DSLR. The G3 does away with some buttons and dials thus shrinking even smaller than the G2.

Differences between the G3 and G2

The G line from Panasonic features a flip out touch screen in which many of the functions of the camera including focal point, exposure settings and even shutter activation can be done. Now a major difference between the G3 and the G2 is that the G3 moves some of the buttons and dials that were on the body of the camera, to the touch screen. It also has less options on the remaining dials. It also takes away the automatic LVF/LCD sensor and replaces it with a button which allows the view finder to be smaller. Some reviewers have complained about losing this sensor for studio work I found the G2 would switch back and forth annoyingly when every the camera strap got in the way or my hand went up to use the touch screen shutters. So I won't miss it.

Another thing missing on the G3 is the port for an external microphone. But they have added stereo for the built in microphone. I use my camera mostly for stills so this is no big deal to me.

The G3 is coming out at about $100 less than the G2 when it was released. So one might think that Panasonic is aiming lower with this camera when you consider the simplified buttons and dial layout. But I think it does have some more advanced features to keep someone like who is upgrading happy. The smaller size and weight is nice, the simplified exposure dial is actually fine because it retains the settings I actually used and most importantly it has an updated sensor.

It also now has a iA+ setting which gives one more control of the Intelligent Automatic or beginner setting. Also the Auto Focus has been greatly improved. The autofocus is now close to instant.

One downside to the new smaller sized G3 is the battery. The battery had to shrink so you won't go as long before you have to stop to recharge the battery.

First Looks at the G3

Summary of G3 Advantages

  • Higher resolution movies
  • Lower noise at high ISO
  • Significantly higher true resolutionMuch smaller
  • Less shutter lag
  • Better image quality
  • Much thinner
  • More dynamic range
  • Lighter
  • Slightly cheaper

Summary of G2 Advantages

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life
  • Significantly less startup delay
  • Better color depth
  • Slightly larger sensor


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • usefull info profile image

      usefull info 

      6 years ago from indonesia

      great review :D

    • TrahnTheMan profile image


      6 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

      Thanks for the review peanutroaster. Have you had a chance to shoot much video with the G3, and if so how would compare it with the G2? Are these cameras CMOS?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)