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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black)

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  • 12 Megapixel Ultra Compact System Camera
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  • 3.0" Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
  • Built-in Popup Flash
  • Multiple Lens Options including 3D Still Lens,Memory Card Type: SD, SDHC and SDXC
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-GF3KK
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.6 x 4.2 inches ; 9.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0056ENTVC
  • Item model number: DMC-GF3KK
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3

Panasonics LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master.

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Mode Access via Touch-Enabled LCD or Mode Thumb Wheel
The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone. Additional quick access touch-enabled settings include three Customizable Modes that get you to your favorite camera setup quickly, multiple Scene Modes and the new LUMIX Creative Control Mode. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes.


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At the heart of the DMC-GF3s simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled smartphones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any users expertise level. Even the shutter can be triggered from the touch-enabled LCD by simply touching the subject you want focused and captured. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When youre ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture.
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For those who miss the tactile feel of a traditional DSLR mode dial, the DMC-GF3 offers an innovative mode thumb wheel that quickly cycles though all available modes with visual feedback provided on the large 3 touch-enabled LCD.

Available Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby, Pet, Party and Sunset, which can all be controlled from the intuitive touch-enabled LCD.

Built-in Flash

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Thanks to a 6400 ISO, the DMC-GF3 shoots well under low light even without a flash. But there are times when a flash provides desired enhancements. So, like most DSLRs, the DMC-GF3 provides a built -in pop-up flash for added light during low-light shooting.



Lens Options and 3D Capture

LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lens mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 12 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the DMC-GF3, ultra fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved.

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Many LUMIX MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Working together with the cameras Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, youre sure to capture images that are sharp.

Dust Reduction System

As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, the DMC-GF3 has a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

HD Video Capture

The LUMIX DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 30 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind. An audio meter can be displayed on the LCD for monitoring audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or played directly on Panasonic VIERA TVs via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several LUMIX Micro Four Thirds lenses help keep lens noise at bay, while the touch-enabled LCD allows you to automatically keep active subjects in focus with touch-enabled subject AF Tracking.

Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing

Contrast Detection Auto Focus technology used in point-and-shoot and new mirrorless Compact System Cameras now approaches the speeds that were once only available from traditional professional-level DSLRs. The DMC-GF3 now offers the new LUMIX Light Speed Auto Focus technology developed for the highly regarded GH2. LUMIX Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you wont suffer from shutter lag frustration.

Contrast Auto Focusing also offers greater shot accuracy due to fewer hardware components needed vs. traditional DSLR phase difference systems, thus fewer pictures will suffer from system focusing errors (e.g., the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% at F1.4, while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60%).

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Select the Pinpoint AF from the menu.
Touch the point for auto focusing.
Enlarge the image to finely adjust the point.
Focus and shoot with the touch shutter.


Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-GF3 and now features a quick 4x magnification feature. By simply touching the subject, that subject is then enlarged in a small window, allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference. Beyond 4x, that small window fills the monitor so even more control over focus fine-tuning can be achieved. This handy feature is available from both the MF Assist (Manual Focus) and AF + MF focus modes.

The DMC-GF3 now offers a large LCD touch-focus area, enabling touch-focus control from any part of the image as seen on the LCD. Unlike traditional DSLRs that limit the number and position of focus points, the DMC-GF3 uses the entire image sensor and can even fine-tune focus with a new fine-tuning Pinpoint AF feature. When Pinpoint AF is enabled, the image is enlarged, allowing for pixel-level setting of the focus area desired. Once set, the DMC-GF3 will use this fine-tuned focus point to produce a sharp, detailed image.

Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)

The DMC-GF3 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording modes with iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In the new iA Plus Mode, the defocusing area, exposure control and white balance can be adjusted visually for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may produce a more desired result.

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  • Defocus: the background defocus can be adjusted
  • Color: the white balance can be adjusted from red color to blue color
  • Brightness: the exposure compensation can be adjusted

Color and Effects

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With LUMIX Creative Control Mode, accessed from the Mode dial at the top of the camera, an expressive look to the image can be achieved without the need for complicated post-processing software. Common effects can be achieved via the touch-control menu as a pre-setting in an easy-to-understand what you see is what you get experience. Effects include: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and now, Miniature Effect.
Using the LUMIX Photo Style Mode, popular color effects can be achieved. These settings can be further enhanced with fine-tuning of Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction. Color effects include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom.

Venus Engine FHD

The new LUMIX Venus Engine FHD offers vastly improved compensation for electronic noise under low light and shadows where higher ISOs typically add grain to the image. Circuitry on the large DSLR sized 12.1-megapixel sensor further reduces low-noise signal problems at the pixel level and at the amplifier circuit level. As a result, higher ISOs with much lower noise can be achieved. This means faster action-stopping shutter speeds in low light, and a maximum achievable ISO of 6400.

The new Venus Engine FHD uses new Intelligent Resolution technology to sharpen edge detail without softening fine detail. In addition to maximizing edge and fine detail, the Venus Engine offers Intelligent D-Range Control. Intelligent D-Range Control enables maximum capture of the images full range of brightness, without blown-out highlights and muddying shadows

Product Description

Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master. This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3's image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies. The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. At the heart of the DMC-GF3's simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled smartphones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any user's expertise level. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When you're ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture.

Whats in the box

Digital Camera Body (DMC-GF3)
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Interchangeable Lens
Battery Pack
Battery Charger
AV Cable
USB Connection Cable
CD-ROM
Shoulder Strap
Lens Hood
Body Cap
Lens Cap
Lens Rear Cap
Stylus Pen
Owner's Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It has all the controls and picture quality of my bigger, heavier camera that sits…This baby slips right into my purse where I can use it at will and the shots are perfect! Read more ›
I have been used for half a year. The photo is good with this camera, much better than the all digital one. Read more ›
Excellent cross between your everyday point-and-shoot and SLR. The picture quality is very good and the camera itself is fairly lightweight. Read more ›
I love this camera...I purchased a brown one....The picture quality is great.....I was able to take a photo and zoom in on it on my computer without the pic looking… Read more ›
Guys or Gals this is a awesome camera in 2014 still just remember even with the Canon T3I you will still need Photo…No camera takes awesome photos straight of the bat. B… Read more ›
The Lumix is a sweet,…It's great for the artist to document work, capturing great details that other cameras cannot or need to be adjusted constantly to get a good shot. Read more ›
It lacks of the viewfinder, but this is one of the reasons it is so…On the other hand the controls are easy to follow and it even has a touchscreen LCD for easy access. P… Read more ›
Will continue to buy used. Pictures area snap, and the ability to go into manual mode is easy to learn Read more ›
This is a big factor if you are shooting in the dark or other flash-required…Yet, if taking flash out of the equation the picture resolution and other features are awesome. Read more ›
It adjusts easily for inside (lower light) conditions and takes near flawless shots. I also like the easy setting to set depth of field in your shots. I'm a sucker for a… Read more ›
- Stylish - Simple controls - Good set of quality lenses Read more ›
I…If I were to be picky, I'd say that it is a little too easy to change settings by bumping the controls on the back of the camera, but I'm quickly learning how to avoid this. Read more ›
Despite my review of the flash, I still rate it highly, as it's a great camera that's easy to use and makes a great picture. Read more ›
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK It is very easy to use just like my Lumix DMC-FH20. Great price too! Read more ›
Good picture quality, easy to use. But it does not have memory card and camera case~ Generally I am satisfied considering the prize! Read more ›
The Panasonic Lumix camera is so much more that I expected. Takes picture that look so professional so clear and so easy to use. So glad you had it on sale!!!! Read more ›
Purchased to a friend, according to the feedback after he shot the photo image quality is very…Carry lightweight, easy to operate menu, lens replacement is easy to operate. Read more ›
Lumix Gf3 easy to use, even a 4 year old can do it..maybe.. Touchscreen is nice.. Read more ›
For instance, I currently own a few Lumix products including the GH2, the GX1, and the GF3 plus six Lumix lenses: 14-42 kit, 14…All the lenses work well with my GF3. Th… Read more ›
Downsides - This option with the 14-42mm lens ends up not feeling all that compact. You have the option of getting other lenses which is nice, but expensive. And while the… Read more ›
The edges are blurry too. I have decided not to the 14-mm lens or or the 14-42mm kit lens anymore ... get the body and two or three different, decent lenses. The camera… Read more ›
I recommend the Panasonic 20mm prime lens as your next purchase. Great compact everyday lens that creates striking photos. Read more ›
This camera will give her all the tools to become an avid and accomplished photographer. Easy to use, sharp lenses, long battery life and RAW capability. What's not to like? Read more ›
You can use that money to invest in a good fast prime lens like [[ASIN:B002IKLJVE Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable… Read more ›
I would recommend the GF3 to anyone, I just bought this for my wife and I am planning on getting one for…The touch screen is simple and intuitive, yet very effective. I… Read more ›
Another advantage of this over the Sony camera is…In terms of pictures quality these two are similar, but the LCD is definitely nicer and sharper on the Sony nex camera. Read more ›
Even the auto setting turns out some good photos. The touch screen is nice to have and I do not miss not having a viewfinder. I recommend this to anyone just starting out… Read more ›
The LED screen has many features and I like them for the most part. The touch screen is really nice. The menu selection isn't as intuitive as I'd like, but I typically tend… Read more ›
I only have a few complaints. In bright sunlight, the display is kind of hard to see, and I find that I have to awkwardly shade it with one hand while I take the picture. In… Read more ›
It is a nice camera but the olympus is better. I do like the touch screen and the body size but the lense is much larger than the olympus. It also does not recognize all… Read more ›
Autofocus: 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… Read more ›
I plan to invest in additional lenses to further the capability of the camera. Focus is very quick. IT is easy to bring along on outings due to the light weight small body. Read more ›
Electric contacts were clean on both the camera and lens but focusing is a 'hit or miss' beyond…Focusing was always sharp and accurate with the same lens on the old camera Read more ›
Telephoto lens makes distance shots clear and easy. Smart camera with very fast focus and burst capabilities. Love the touchscreen. Read more ›
I wanted better lenses and the ability…This camera has super fast focus in most conditions, and allows you to take photos in low light conditions without using the flash. Read more ›
Can't say anything about this camera other…I used my friend's iPhone and was blown away by the features like touch to focus, touch to take pictures, quick focus, ect... Read more ›
I love this camera, it was exactly what was advertised and the price was great! Looking forward to using it Read more ›
It does a fantastic job of taking pictures in landscape settings in normal light conditions. For the price it is producing amazing pictures. Read more ›
I just want to say this is perfect with a pleasant price. everything is good. Read more ›
Easy to work, compact and take a beautiful pictures. A great relation between price and quality. Read more ›
This camera is VERY REASONABLY PRICED!!! I got this camera for a very decent price ($325) on a Cyber Monday deal at Target... at that price, it's still a bargain. But at… Read more ›
Light and compact Japanese made compact mirrorless camera, with high quality pictures/video at reasonable price. Nice color choices for the body, especially the brown color. Read more ›
The…Like my previous Lumix, the colors are rich and warm, the images have a lot of contrast (a look I like), and the 12 mp resolution is excellent (even in low-light). T… Read more ›
However, the…Inside, when a picture looks bright and crisp with lovely colors in the viewfinder, suddenly you'll push the shutter and end up with a dark or blurry picture. Read more ›
Looking at the photos on the computer we are thrilled with the quality of the…With little to no effort on our part the pictures came out with beautiful color and detail. Read more ›
I wasn't impressed with intelligent auto mode because it cancels out the ability…I like the vivid color setting and the sensor really captures brilliant colors very well. Read more ›
I wanted a nice one that wasn't too bulky and this one is perfect. The lenses are easy to operate and change, and I like the color it came in. Most cameras only come in… Read more ›
The center edge of the body is gray as pictured, and almost matches the grey part of the lens that attaches the…I really like the color, and it makes the camera stand out. Read more ›
Compared to SLR camera, I prefer micro 4/3 camera due to its small size, easy to carry etc, and Panasonic GF series are the only option I've ever considered. Read more ›
I love this camera, it's light and easy to carry, and also give you the best quality of photos. . Read more ›
The photos are sharp and the colors are vibrant. The camera is light and small which makes it easier to carry. Read more ›
Was going to go for a Nikon or Canon DSLR but was convinced after research and talking to salespeople that the compact system option would be better - more compact, easier… Read more ›
Only thing included in the package was the camera body, lens hood and interchangeable lens. All the rest were missing and the flash does not function. Although the quality… Read more ›
The flash works great. However, my one complaint is that the flash buttons easily pushed inside a bag. Read more ›
It is great to have a built -in flash but this one is so strong that it…But this is not a problem as photos without the flash are excellent even indoors and by low light. Read more ›
The battery life is excellente as well allowing you leave the grid for various days even when using the camera extensively. What could be improved is the flash. It is great… Read more ›
It was my first camera that was not a point-and-shoot camera, and this one really let me…The body build is fantastic and for a beginner shooter the button layout is great. Read more ›
Also it has the PASM/ISO modes that give me all the controls I need for shooting. It even has a function button that I can program. The best thing about the camera is the… Read more ›
H…In the future I will get a better Lumix or Olympus body to get the tilt screen/EVF/HDR functions but for now I really like the compactness and simple interface of the GF3. Read more ›
It just makes the camera easier to use, much like an iPad is easier to use than a laptop. Deleting batches of photos is much easier than using buttons. So is scrolling… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Glass (lenses) available for this camera are pretty decent and growing fast, premium glass from Oly and Panny (with the aid of Leica) are really becoming professional,… Read more ›
Keeping in…I haven't used the video mode - which I really should!!, but several other much more experienced photographer reviewers say this camera is great for video too. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

253 of 262 people found the following review helpful By SmartShopper on December 3, 2011
Color Name: Black
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 C3, and GF3. Tried out the Olympus and GF3, and decided on the GF3. I got a better price on the GF3 than I could for the Pen Mini, but that was just icing on the cake, because the features on the GF3 meet my needs better.

Similarities between GF3 and E-PM1:
--body size about the same
--similar price range
--Micro Four-Thirds sensor
--both are the budget, easy-to-use version of their respective camera families
--instant-record movie button
--kit zoom lens 14-42mm
--neckstrap
--to my layman eyes the photo quality was about the same, as was auto-focus speed, though E-PM1 is billed as having the fastest auto-focus in this category.

The features that put the GF3 over the top for me:
--Price. I got a great deal on the GF3. Sony was just too expensive, though I've read great things about photo quality
--GF3 touchscreen, while not very responsive (resistive screen you have to press down on, rather than capacitive screen like iPhone), is very useful for quick adjustments. It just makes the camera easier to use, much like an iPad is easier to use than a laptop. Deleting batches of photos is much easier than using buttons. So is scrolling around a photo you're reviewing in close-up. You can also touch to change the subject of focus, like on an iPhone.
--Flash is built in--not so on the Pen Mini or NEX.
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Mebpenguin on December 28, 2011
Color Name: Black
I think how you feel about this camera is really going to depend on where you're coming from. If you're a DSLR shooter and are looking for a portable body you're likely going to be frustrated by the lack of control points on this camera.

On the other hand, for those upgrading from a point and shoot camera like myself, this camera can be ideal. I came from a Canon S90, which I purchased a couple of years ago looking for a camera that does a better job in low light than the typical point and shoot. The S95 was definitely a step up from what I had before, but more recently I've become frustrated with the limitations of the sensor and was also interested in exploring the world of interchangeable lenses.

What I didn't want, however, was to get a full DSLR. Portability is extremely important to me, any camera that can't be slipped into a coat pocket or small bag is simply useless to me. No, the GF3 can't fit into a pants pocket like my S95 did, but it's still massively smaller than even the smallest DSLRs and it's amongst the smallest models in the mirrorless camera class.

With small size taken care of, the next question is how good is the image quality? If you're stepping up from a high-end point and shoot like I am you're probably not going to notice a major difference in good lighting conditions, but where the GF3 blows my old S95 away is in low light situations. This performance does come with a caveat, however, which is that you need the right lens on the camera in order to get the low light performance you want. If you are not going to buy any additional lenses beyond the kit you're not going to see any benefit over a high end point and shoot and you should probably consider one of those cameras (Canon S100, Olympus XZ-1, Fuji X100).
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Desmond on December 3, 2011
Color Name: Black
I got this kit about a week ago at Target. It was a deal I couldn't pass up: $400 with a free $75 Target gift card. I'd been obsessively researching system cameras for a few months, and I thought I had narrowed it down to either the Canon T2i or the Nikon D3100. I wanted something that could do full HD as well as sophisticated focus pulling. I was pretty sure I wanted something that could shoot at 24 fps, but this deal got me rethinking that. The more I read, the more I realized that you don't really need 24 fps to get that film look, that there are other factors that go into profession looking shots. I wanted to be able to achieve the rack focus effect of pulling the focus from the background to the foreground or between different subjects in the frame. With the touchscreen and the crazy-fast autofocus on the GF3, all you have to do is point where you want to focus. It makes it so simple, and if you want more controll, you can still focus manually. The mic is mono, but I decided I could live with that because I can alway use an external recorder and microphone and add the audio track to the clips later, which would lead to better sound anyway. The lack of viewfinder option is a little disappointing, but I'm over it. I may eventually get a third party LCD viewfinder for shooting in sunlight.

I had no trouble importing clips to Corel Videostudio and editing them.
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104 of 116 people found the following review helpful By li'l bamboo on July 12, 2012
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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.

The camera:
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 camera. I have all Pro Glass for my DSLR. I'm not going to shoot any production videos with this camera as my DSLR shoots also video. The niche was for me to have available a camera that is smaller and lighter than my DSLR with nearly the same range coverage. During a trip to Europe a few years ago I realized that nearly half of the several thousand photos I took were with my P&S. I realized in some situations a smaller camera can be advantageous. I've seen these micro four thirds in action and I liked the idea of being able to shoot RAW instead of JPEG. This is a personal preference. I didn't buy this camera to replace my DSLR. For me it is a walk around / scout camera. The size and weight advantage this camera are evident at 17 ounces it beats carrying my 5 pound DSLR. I also got a 45-200 lens to go along with my 'kit' so at somewhere just over 2.5 pounds I have nearly as much range as 30 pounds of DSLR and three lenses with flash.

I like the fact that I'm able to 'set up' the different modes to my liking. I tend to use more sharpness to my photos and I have that ability with this camera.

dislikes out of the box: This is the second Panasonic camera that I have. Both of them have this really flimsy battery/card access door. There is no question that anywhere near water this could be a problem. There was also a noticeable gap along the bottom where the two halves of the body joined.
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