244 of 252 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy so far. Compared to Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1
Forgot to check Amazon reviews before buying this, but glad I didn't because the camera is quite good for my needs and I might not have bought it based on the mixed and sparse reviews on Amazon. I did look at "professional" reviews on photographyblog and dpreview, which were much more positive.
I was deciding between the new Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1, Sony NEX...
Published on December 3, 2011 by SmartShopper
96 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds w 14-42 lens Update
I am not a pro photographer. I don't usually make money off of my photos but I like good photos. I am mainly a very enthusiastic amateur portrait photographer. Anything that gets in front of my camera is fair game so.
I bought this camera to fit a specific niche. I'm not looking to retire my DSLR. I don't want a bunch of lenses for this...
Published 17 months ago by li'l bamboo
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This product exceeded my expectations,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Electronics)This cam takes the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to a much wider audience. It pushes the GF series further towards the casual photographer and away from the enthusiasts at which ILCs were initially aimed.
What that means in terms of specification is a body with the same sensor and LCD screen as its predecessor and the loss of some key features including the rear thumb push-wheel, hotshoe and accessory port, and the replacement of stereo mics with a mono one.
This has been traded for a smaller lighter better-designed body with faster AF performance, new focussing modes, more versatile Photo Style customisation and Creative Control effects. It all adds up to a model that will have much broader appeal, particularly to those looking to trade up from an advanced compact.
It won't be to everyone's liking though, particularly enthusiast photographers who care more about control than simplicity, but the writing has been on the wall for some time now. And these changes don't necessarilly rule out the GF3 for serious photography. Let's not forget that it still provides the ability to use a wide range of micro Four Thirds and legacy lenses, offers fully manual control of exposure and focussing, shoots RAW and handles extremely well.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Small Body Size, and Great Performance,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KW 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (White) (Electronics)The GF3 seems to be intended for casual shooters who want the small size and picture quality of interchangeable lens compacts without the bulk of dSLR's, and don't mind not having a hot shoe (external flash), viewfinder, or a lack of physical buttons. The touch screen TFT LCD is used for framing and for many other functions. Overall picture quality seems very good and sharp.
12.1mp (effective) Four Thirds liveMOS Censor, 3-in. TFT touch LCD (460,000 dot), 1080i (60 fps) AVCHD, mono mic, burst 3.8 fps, ISO 160-6400, weight (body) - 0.6lb with card/battery, size (body) - 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 inch, mini HDMI out, battery - 320 shots, lens 14-42mm, lens hood included.
Note: Camera made in Japan, 14-42mm lens made in China. All very solid and high quality. No security seal on box, so I was checking if it was an open box item. Everything seems very new, and I didn't find any scratches, smudges, or any damage on the body or at both ends of the lens on mine.
What stands out are the curves that make it look stylish and modern.
The camera body is small enough, but not too small to hold with medium sized hands. Similar in body size to Olympus E-PM1, and Sony NEX series (3, C3). The 14-42mm lens larger than E-PM1, about same size as NEX series with 18-55mm.
I have the white one. The color is slightly yellowish creamy white, instead of pure (printer paper) bright white. A coating on the white surface make it seems very smooth, like it is waxed. The center edge of the body is gray as pictured, and almost matches the grey part of the lens that attaches the body. I really like the color, and it makes the camera stand out.
The US version has English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
-Instant on - less than 1 second.
-Extremely fast autofocus in good light, pretty much instant. At low light, slightly slower, but still very fast.
-Shutter lag didn't seem like a problem.
-Touch screen can be used for focusing and taking pictures. Requires a little pressure. Quick menu can be configured with functions that are used the most.
-Noise - Can take acceptable pictures up to ISO 3200 JPEG (also rated by professional reviews). Raw pictures required manual software adjustments, but should be acceptable to ISO 1600.
-Many picture effects and scene modes.
-A physical button to quickly go to auto mode.
-Built in Flash (can be tilted up creatively with fingures) - (see problem)
-Off in about 3 seconds.
-No hot shoe (for external flash), no mode dial (it is in the screen), and very few physical buttons (all in the screen).
-No stereo sound
Flash - The 14-42mm lens blocks a bit of light at the lower center edge, causing an obvious darker area, but the darker area is rather small. This also happens to large zoom lens on dSLR's with built in flash. On the GF3, you can fix it by zooming in just a little before taking a picture, and the darker area on the edge is gone.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the camera I have been looking for,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Electronics)If you are looking for a dslr sle cams without the bulk or the price this is the camera for you. It is fantastic. I wanted a camera with the speed of a DSLR and found it in this camera. It is fast. I can snap the shutter constantly and not miss the shot I always missed with a point and shoot. Burst mode makes it even faster. I have been jealous of those with a DSLR and the speed they could take pictures. No longer and my camera is a lot smaller and lighter.
It does not have a viewfinder, but if you are like me you have grown to not need it.
I just took this on a trip and it worked perfectly. I don't think I have to color adjust a single picture it took. At night the camera new it was night and the pictures were crisp and clean without a flash. Same goes true for low light situations.
The flash works great. However, my one complaint is that the flash buttons easily pushed inside a bag. I kept finding the flash open side my backpack with a fear it had bent of broke. It didn't but I am researching a case for that reason.
The touch screen works surprisingly well. It is sensitive and I don't find myself pushing hard like others had said. I didn't thinkiwouldusit, but I used it a lot. It is great for previewing and zooming in on your photos.
Personally,I keep the camera in full auto mode. It has great manual features, but not what I need.
I bought a bigger zoom lens and haven't even used it yet. The 14-42 is great and the picture quality is so crisp that I cam able to crop and zoom on the computer and maintain a high quality
I cannot recommend this camera enough.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dmc-gf3kk,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Electronics)I found the DMC-GF3KK very easy to use compared to DSLR Cameras that I have used in the past. So far I have only used the IA setting and love the quality of the photos. The small body size is a real plus while traveling. I hope to purchase one of the Panasonic zoom lenses in the future to be used for my kids sporting events.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what I wanted it to do!,
I am pretty geeky and comfortable with electronics and even downloaded and read the basic instruction manual before I received the camera. I also watched videos on YouTube produced by Panasonic, which really helped me to get a grasp of the main features of this particular model. The controls on the back are simple, like a point and shoot, so I felt at home. This camera can do a lot, and there are a lot of menus you go through in the screen to make some settings. However, if you want to let the camera do most of the work, it will take great photos.
I took this camera on a trip to Berlin Germany recently. Most days were overcast so I had good even light. I loved having the ability to brighten up the pictures and change the color balance to a redder tone very quickly and easily in Auto+ mode. It made the pictures warmer. I also liked the ability to zoom in and crop certain photos within the camera. With the lens that was part of the kit, 14-42mm, it was not too large to carry around with me. If you just used the 14mm lens, you could easily slip it into a coat pocket.
I took a few videos that came out very well, with good sound, but that was not the main reason for buying this camera.
Overall, I am pleased with my decision. I look forward to many more great pictures in the future!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This camera is interesting,
Just some quick comments i will say are that the camera is pretty compact and solid feeling once you put the battery in the compartment. My only big issue so far is on how to hold it. I am extremely afraid I am going to drop this thing due to the the lack of a grip on the camera when you hold it. I find myself trying to position my hands correctly as to not block the speaker (only for video) or to get out of the way of the flash. It is tempting to grab hold of the lens as you carry it, you almost have to because its the only stable part of the camera for positioning your hand. But I can get use to this, I don't have large hands unfortunately (please no Freudian thoughts here) and it is still a bit tough to comfortably hold it.
The one thing about this camera that I can't emphasize enough and is probably why i will keep this camera regardless is the flash. To have the option of holding back the flash so you can bounce light off the ceiling or whatever changes the whole quality of the picture. It's like night and day literally. The flash when pointed directly at a subject seems to whiten out or decrease the vividness of the picture. I mean the picture is good either way but when you compare the both of them it is such a difference. This feature should be on every camera and in my opinion was worth everything i paid for it due to the quality of pictures. I will update as I go along and give this rating a 4 star until i work through some more testing.
As far as video I am still doing some filming with 1080i AVCHD and so far so good.
FLASH - OMG this rocks
very sexy good looking camera
options ofr more lenses
Hard to hold comfortably - if you have big hands look out.
Been playing with this camera some more and I reallly enjoy using it. The touch screen is very cool when focsing on subjects near and far. You just touch where you want to focus and hit a button to take the picture and thats it. This is helpful when there are objects near and far. Also i took some video inside with decent lighting and the video quality was very good. I am real happy I purchased this camera.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet like Butter,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KW 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (White) (Electronics)My older camera is Lumix G1
I really enjoy that camera for being so tiny & powerful.
I guess having a Canon DSLR isn't always so fun.
Its heavy and to much to carry
The Lumix Gf3 I was able to carry on a hiking trip & To Vegas! without hauling a bunch of equipments while still getting great quality photos!! I mean unless you were out to shoot that amazing National Geographic Magazine cover photo yeah you can lingering all those tools togather. but if it was a family hiking trip I say the Lumix GF3 do a pretty damn lightweight job at not breaking my BBN, Bank,Back,Neck.
Lumix Gf3 easy to use, even a 4 year old can do it..maybe.. Touchscreen is nice..Sluggish at times. I have notice. IT comes with alot of pre-set setting. I found the Dog recognize setting to be very interesting. and the baby face recognize function to be funny but useful!
It takes picture very quick. Quick than P&S cameras.
You don't want P&S? But want DSLR Quality camera? While still able to change lens??
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute best cameras on the market .,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is,
The same is true for this camera. Where the GF1 was a groundbreaking rangefinder style camera with all the bells and whistles and the GF2 was a clear extension of that philosophy, the GF3 took a different path entirely. In place of the multiple command dials, nearly all control functions are accessed by a touch-screen interface. The styling steered away from the more serious boxy shape of its predecessor into a more fluid and "point n shoot" form. Probably most controversially though was the omission of the hot-shoe. Without this feature, external flashes and EVFs cannot be attached, making this in the eyes of the GF-series users a definite step down.
Having said that, this camera was my first foray into the Micro Four-thirds format. Coming from a series of Canon DSLRs (Rebel 300D, 30D and now a 50D) I am well used to changing lenses and carrying around the gear. Over the years, I have gravitated more towards fast primes and away from zooms and generally ended up using a "fast normal" (Sigma 30mm 1.4) for most of my shooting. I managed to get the GF3 cheap as a kit with the (ok) 14-42 zoom from Target and had originally intended it as a light-weight travel camera for unimportant outings (mostly bicycling). However, once I started using it I came to realize that the GF3 exemplifies what it is that Micro-four thirds is trying to accomplish: Provide a small, lightweight system that can (almost) match an SLR. What I didn't realize then was that the useability advantages of this system actually allowed me to get better shots than I typically could with the SLR!
The GF3 is an incredibly lightweight and compact camera for its image quality. Unfortunately, Panasonic didn't do it any favors by shipping this with the bulky and mediocre 14-42 zoom, as this both kills it's size advantages and cannot truely demonstrate what this camera can do. The touch-screen is well implemented and has virtually all of the features that my "serious" 50D has, but is far easier to access and use. Menu usage and mode changes are fast and intuitive, and in use I find it takes me less time to get the shot than it did with the SLR. In this regard, it has brought me back to a more spontaneous "just shoot" time that I had when using my old Coolpix 950.
Focusing is fast and accurate, utilizing an excellent contrast-detection autofocus system. Manual focus is also much easier to use since you now have the ability to zoom in and confirm your focus points with great accuracy. In my use, I have found that for still subjects, the contrast detection autofocus is more accurate than my 50D in most cases- the only exception being in very low light. For moving subjects, however, you will have a hard time using it since contrast detection systems cannot track with any real accuracy (they cannot determine distance the way an SLR's phase detection system can). This was not an issue for me, since virtually all my photography is landscape, nature and portraits (not sports).
Probably the biggest advantage of the micro-four thirds system over other mirrorless systems on the market today is the excellent selection of prime lenses available. Once I picked up my first serious lens (the beautiful Panasonic 25mm 1.4), the results were simply amazing. Whatever limitations this camera's sensor might have against my 50D were more than overcome by the substantially better optical performance of this lens. While the 50D had about a stop and a half of light advantage (a shot at ISO 400 on the 50D has about the same noise as one shot at ISO 160 on the GF3), the Panasonic 25mm is so sharp that it will out-resolve the Sigma 30mm 1.4 set at 2.8 while at wide open (giving it a two stop advantage). That- plus having a much more accurate and reliable contrast-detect autofocus- meant that for the first time I had a truely fast normal lens that I wouldn't hesitate to use wide open. The result is that in practice I simply got better pictures out of the GF3 than out of my 50D (and didn't break my back lugging that weight around). Since then I have added the Olympus 12mm f2 and have not touched my 50D since.
In summary, if you are looking for a camera with alot of bells and whistles, there are a number of excellent choices in the micro-four thirds arena (including the GF1/2's true successor- the GX1). However, if you are looking for a capable system camera to get you back to pure shooting, get this body and use the money saved to get a serious lens (the aforementioned 25mm f1.4 or the 20mm f1.7). You may be surprised at how it changes how you shoot.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Red) by Panasonic