7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Camera for the price.,
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3CK Kit 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 14mm Pancake Lens (Camera)
I purchased this camera because I wanted a step up from the point and shoot cameras. The price for this camera was right and I have to say that after utilizing it for about a month that the purchase was a wise one. Since buying the camera I've learned more about photography and how to take proper pictures. The touch screen interface is unbelievably easy to use; it appears that Panasonic had the novice in mind when engineering this camera.
One of my favourite features is the fast auto-focus which is said to be almost as fast as DSLR's. This is great for those fleeting moments that can pass if not for the quick auto-focus. The 14mm pancake lens also makes it very small and compact, however, novices to photography might be dissapointed in the fixed lens of the 14mm. There is the other kit that brings the 14-42mm lens, this might be a better choice for those who still want to zoom into their subjects. I was at first dissapointed in lack of zoom as well, but I've come to appreciate the small size and fast, wide angle lens that the 14mm provides.
There are some who complain about the lack of hotshoe, viewfinder, and physical dials; but for my needs, none of these omissions are deal breakers. I was disappointed with the omission of the image stabilizer in the body of the camera, and also the lack of features and filters that are common with many other cameras. However, it does have the nice IA+ mode that allows you to shoot under automatice mode while being able to manually control the EV and WB.
The image quality is very good, although, under some situations can render some pics that are soft compared to my wifes Canon sx40. But the GF3 shoots in raw as well, so, for those who are interested in learning how to further manipulate photos they can take advantage of this feature on the camera.
I would say that this camera is not the best compact camera out there, but is rather in between the average and the best. Taking into account the price factor, you can really see the value of purchasing this well built camera.