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Old 13th August 2011
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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

Paul I'm guessing you didn't have a G1 or G2 before this?

I've recently heard a couple of mentions of the G3 EVF which sound a trifle disappointing, as if it is either downgraded in some way from the G1/G2/GH1 or that the GH2 has a better one.
I really need to peer through one side-by side with this G1...
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The G3 is absolutely brilliant, the more I use it the more I like it, I've customized the settings to suit my style and it a real pleasure to use now. It's just the right size, it's light, red lol and with the Oly m4/3 9-18 and 14-150 lenses is a really versatile kit. The image quality is fine. Unfortunately LR3 still doesn't support it so I have to use Silky pics to view the RAW then convert them to tif format to be able to edit them in LR3.
The EVF is brilliant, large (bigger then the E5) and bright with lots of info displayed and you can select various compositional grids if you want too. The screen is fully articulated and is a touch screen making soooo easy to select things from the menu.
This is one camera where they have got it just right, I'm really pleased.

I'll add the 20mm f1.7 or most likely the m4/3 25mm f1.4 lens when it is released later this month too.

I have no regrets moving from 4/3 to m4/3 it just suit my current style better.

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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

Glad to hear you like it. The 20mm is a really nice lens to use - and it's good value for money.

Just be prepared for expensive batteries. Unlike Olympus, Panasonic seem to bring out a new battery for every new body. And they put traps in the firmware to prevent 3rd party batteries from working properly.
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The G3 is the only G series camera I've had.
The viewfinder seems absolutely fine to me, if your concerned then try before you buy would be the best bet.

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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

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Just be prepared for expensive batteries. Unlike Olympus, Panasonic seem to bring out a new battery for every new body. And they put traps in the firmware to prevent 3rd party batteries from working properly.
I thought the G3 used the same battery as the GF2. I see that 7dayshop are selling a reasonably priced Inov8 battery for the GF2 so I had assumed this would be ok in the G3 as well. Or do they put a different trap in the firmware for each model?
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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

Yeah I saw when trying to buy a spare battery on Amazon all the comments about that so I picked a cheapish replacement that a couple of folk said worked, it will arrive next week so I'll find out.

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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

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I thought the G3 used the same battery as the GF2. I see that 7dayshop are selling a reasonably priced Inov8 battery for the GF2 so I had assumed this would be ok in the G3 as well. Or do they put a different trap in the firmware for each model?
Must confess I don't know about the G3/GF2. But shortly after the G1 was introduced they issued a "fix" to prevent it accepting 3rd party batteries. Fortunately battery manufacturers soon got round that one.

But as yet it's not possible to buy a 3rd party battery for the GH2 which shows power remaining.
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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

Joined the G3 set would like to source a second battery. The Panasonic ones are expensive. I have been told other makes work just as well but Panasonic have disabled the battery meter if these are used; are there any out there which are fully functional at a sensible price? Paul did list one but they were out of stock.
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Re: Panasonic G3 +14-42, 45-200

Until such time as fully-functioning 3rd party batteries are available (I've heard of some in the US), I suggest we do what I did with my GH2 until I got a genuine one at a good price, that is, use a cheap 3rd party as an "emergency" battery only, putting it in only until the "real" battery is recharged then replacing it until next time.
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I bought mine through Amazon, or rather one of the stores that are listed on Amazon, I bought from a company where there were good reviews from previous purchasers regarding the battery and got lucky as mine does read the battery level, I was going to buy another but as you say they have no more in stock, so just search on Amazon and buy from a company with good reviews.

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