Safe to say, Panasonic has out done the competition with the release of the G3 today.  It’s a micro 4/3 interchangeable lens camera, and boasts the title of the world’s smallest and lightest in that category.  But don’t jump to conclusion and think that a ton of features have been sacrificed to achieve this title.  The G3 is a fully featured camera.

Behind the lens is a 16 megapixel sensor that can also capture full HD video.  The viewfinder allows you to take shots in direct sunlight, while the 3-inch touchscreen is fully articulating (rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up) letting you to frame and shoot from almost any angle.  Focusing on objects, much like the iPhone, just requires a tap of the screen and the lens will hone in on the subject.  Panasonic says that the G3 is also the fastest pinpoint auto focus camera in its class.  There is of course auto scene mode, a built-in flash, and HDMI and USB 2.0 interfaces.

Compared to the G2, its predecessor, the G3 is 25% smaller and weighs less than 340 grams.

Panasonic is even dishing a 3D compatible lens, though it will cost you.  How much we don’t know.

The aluminum G3 will be available this June in black, red, white or brown with a 14-42mm zoom lens kit for $699.99.

Checkout the product videos below.  The first one runs through the features, while the latter two shows off the G3′s optics.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."