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  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1 MP Micro Four Thirds Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and LUMIX G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens (Red)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1 MP Micro Four Thirds Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and LUMIX G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens (Red)

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  • LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. lens
  • 12 Megapixel Ultra Compact System Camera
  • 3.0" Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
  • Built-in Popup Flash
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Product Description

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Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-GF3X 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. Panasonic’s new premium LUMIX ”X” Series of lenses, including the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S., offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) suitable for a wide range of scenes, such as dynamic landscape to portrait. 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.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.

Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.6 x 4.2 inches ; 9.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005J5TZRK
  • Item model number: DMC-GF3XR
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,097 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2011

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Underwood on November 23, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
First off, I want to say that I own a GF3 and I love it. I ordered this kit to get the new 14-42 X collapsible zoom lens, and was unfortunately extremely disappointed. At 42mm the lens is hopelessly blurry when the shutter speed is set between 1/80th and 1/250th, especially when focused near infinity. The pictures are extremely soft, and in high contrast areas you can see a distinct double image. This is a problem that has been reported by numerous users on online camera forums, and so far Panasonic has made no effort to correct it. Most people believe it is due to the OIS stabilization system overcompensating for vibrations caused by the camera's shutter. The quality of the pictures resulting from this problem is worse than the quality of pictures from my camera phone!

I'd like to add (perhaps to give some credibility) that I have been using Micro 4/3rds cameras since the GH1 came out a couple years ago, and I can take sharp handheld pictures using the regular 14-42 lens at similar focal length/shutter speed settings. I can even take sharp pictures using the unstabilized Olympus 45mm prime lens at the same shutter speeds, so the problem with the 14-42 X lens is definitely not that I can't hold the camera stable enough. There is a major problem with this lens that Panasonic needs to address. (For more information and sample photos, do a search for 14-42 X blurry at your favorite search engine.)

I also want to mention that the firmware update released by Panasonic on November 17, 2011 does not resolve this issue. I tested it by taking before/after shots, and saw no improvement whatsoever.

I myself returned the camera/lens kit to Amazon for a replacement, but the replacement exhibited the same problem. I may hold onto the replacement for another week or so to see if Panasonic releases any further firmware updates to address this, but if not, this will be going back for a refund.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dukjin Im on November 17, 2011
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Micro four thirds (MFT) format and the other mirrorless DSLR replacement cameras have been around for a while, but until this 14-42 X series lens came along, the size reduction promised by the MFT format has not been realized. Sony's NEX-series (APS-C sized sensor), Samsung's NX-series (APS-C sized sensor), Panasonix G-series (MFT size sensor), and Olympus E-series (MFT size sensor) all give a HUGE improvment in image quality (IQ) over compact cameras that have much smaller sensors (1/2.5" etc). All 4 have their strengths and weaknesses. But all are still too big, frankly, to carry in your pocket with a zoom lens.

(Sure, with a pancake fixed focal length lens, each is pocketable, but NOT with a zoom)For day to day, catching kids in action, shooting people with cool backgrounds, etc. stuff, you usually want to carry a ZOOM as your main lens, something in the 20s, zoom out to 70s or 80s, or you will just miss a lot of stuff.

This is the first camera-lens combination that has the much higher IQ of the mirrorless cameras above, combined with the compact cameras, AND a usable zoom lens (14-42, but 28-84 equivalent), that you could legitimately drop into a coat pocket and forget you put it there. Or put in a large purse and forget you put it there. The price of $750 may seem high, and it will probably drop later, but this little thing is gorgeous, and much smaller than you'd imagine from the pictures.

The controls are very easy to use, and the camera is FAST to startup, VERY FAST to focus and shoot. It's just a very, very cute, and very, very capable little camera.

As for precise details on how IQ compares to other cameras, that is something I'm not the person to judge. My blowups look great to me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Tanaka on January 7, 2012
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This collapsible zoom lens is a great idea, but the image quality was very disappointing.

I have a DSLR, and I love the image qualities, but it's too bulky to travel with. I bought this camera with a big hope that I can take it to anywhere and take great pictures. Compact, yes, but... all indoor pictures came out blurry. I took a lot of pictures of my dogs, and even with the sports mode, they were all super blurry. My 3 year old PS camera can take much better pictures than this. I updated the software on the lens via Panasonic's website, but it didn't solve the problem.

As Mitchell Underwood suggested, I googled "14-42 X blurry." I was surprised to see so many people having the same issue with this lens. I hope Panasonic is listening to the users and working on correcting the issue with this lens.

I love the portability of this lens & camera, but the image quality needs major improvement. It's definitely not worth $650. I returned this camera, but I might give it another shot once Panasonic releases a second generation of this lens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevdog on February 17, 2012
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Got the GF3 + 14-42X lens just so I could get the lens (before the lens only was in stock).

Initial testing was good, but some images appeared very soft when they shouldn't be. After digging through some forums and reading up a lot, I found this lens has a vibration issue that causes a "double image". Some people attributed it to the OIS (stabilization) but that is not the case.

I did some test photos with the shutter speed between 1/60th and 1/200th second. Taking 18 photos, at least 10 of them showed the double image. I took another 18 with OIS on and again 10 or so had the double image.

I'm pretty positive that there is something wrong with the stabilization lens, such that it sometimes vibrates even with OIS off. If I held my finger against the extended end of the lens barrel, the double images decreased significantly or went away entirely.

I initally thought the issue was only when OIS was on, which wouldn't matter to me on an Olympus E-PM1 as the stabilization is always off if there isn't a dedicated switch on the lens to turn it on and off. Unfortunately it always happens and will ruin a good percentage of your shots.

I could not recommend this lens to anyone until Panasonic fixes the issue and new reports come out of people using and testing it successfully.

The GF3 itself is nice, but not with this lens combo.
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