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The Micro Four Thirds system is a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic for mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras and camcorders design and development, announced on August 5, 2008.

Best Micro Four Third Camera of 2011 – Panasonic G3

Panasonic G3 announced on May 12, Panasonic G3 uses same sensor of GH2, the design is more compact and features of Panasonic G3 is more better than GH2 and G3 price is just half compared to Panasonic GH2

Panasonic G3 Main Features

  • 16.0Mp Live MOS Sensor
  • 4 fps continuous shooting (20fps at 4MP)
  • ISO 160-6400
  • All-area AF point selection
  • Pinpoint AF mode (magnifies focus point to allow confirmation and fine-tune of AF position)
  • Tracking AF in video mode
  • Picture-in-picture manual focus magnification
  • 3.0″ Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • Electronic Eye-Level Viewfinder
  • 2x Digital Zoom
  • 1920 x 1080/60i Video Capture
  • Live Viewfinder
  • Mode Dial / Hot Shoe
  • Intelligent Auto Plus

Panasonic G3 advantage over Panasonic GH2

Panasonic G3 is approx 40% smaller and thinner than GH2 with more improved grip and body design.

New features include Pinpoint AF, AF Tracking in Video mode, YES Panasonic G3 have AF tacking in Video mode,  a touchscreen-enabled focus mode that automatically zooms in on a point to make focus point selection and confirmation easier and more precise

Panasonic G3 have  same Venus Engine FHD processor as the GH2, the frame rate of 4fps at full resolution, extendable to 20fps for 4MP images.

Panasonic G3 have improved manual focus assist option, the user can magnify part of the screen. The magnified portion of the image displayed within the main screen while allowing the photographer to view the full picture composition.

Read more on Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GH2

Buy/Pre-order Panasonic G3 from Amazon, Amazon UK and B&H

Panasonic GH2 – Highly Recommended Camera #2

Panasonic GH2 is second in our list due to its high price and less features compared Panasonic G3. For a comparison review see Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic G3

The Panasonic GH2 successfully blends the advantages of Point and Shoot cameras with the benefits of DSLRs and creates and incredibly small and powerful camera. Listed below are some of the features of GH2

Main Features

  • 16.05MP Live MOS Sensor
  • 3″ Free-Angle LCD W/460,000 Dots
  • 1920×1080 60i HD Video
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Fastest Level of Light Speed AF
  • High Sensitivity Up to ISO 12800
  • Touch Screen Control for Stills/Video
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Stills/Video
  • Dust Reduction System
  • Dolby Stereo Sound W/Video

Buy Panasonic GH2 from Amazon US , Amazon UK or B&H Store

Olympus E-PL2 – Recommended camera

Olympus E-PL2 fails to provide features even closer to Panasonic GH-2 or G3, Read Our Comparison Review of Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic GH2 and Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G3

Olympus E-PL2 is available at $549.00(approx) at Amazon US, Amazon UK (£474.37 approx) and B&H Store.


  • 12.3 Megapixels
  • 19 Automatic Scene-Select Modes
  • HD Movies (720p)
  • 6 In-Camera Art Filters
  • 3 In-Body Image Stabilization Modes
  • Advanced Dust-Reduction System
  • Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology