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Tiny Body, Mighty Power,
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) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
My husband and I recently bought this camera and were able to test it out in Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival. We were upgrading from an old point and shoot and a couple of camera phones so neither of us has much real photography experience.
We were instantly surprised with how easy the camera is to pick up and start snapping with. With the guts close to that of a DSLR but the size of a point and shoot, the camera is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket but mighty enough to get incredible detail (sorry camera phone... I don't think we can see each other anymore). I've read some complaints that with the longer lens the camera feels unbalanced, but the only time I ever noticed this was in between shots when the camera was hanging around my neck. In my hands it felt great.
The camera did a beautiful job handling close up pictures of the individual blossoms as well as getting great shots of rows of trees. The auto-focus setting made the camera feel just like a point and shoot which made both of us instantly more comfortable playing around with some of the other settings. Looking at the photos on the computer we are thrilled with the quality of the shots and the depth of field that is produced. With little to no effort on our part the pictures came out with beautiful color and detail.
The only negative we've found so far is that the battery life seems to leave a little to be desired. By the end of the day we were opting to turn the camera off in between shots to conserve power. We have since picked up another battery which quickly makes this a minor issue. Also in the camera's favor, even when we were shutting the camera completely off between shots, it only took a matter of seconds to get it turned back on and photo ready. Short of the rapid spontaneous shots, this camera should be able to boot back up in plenty of time should you need to save some juice.
Over all this camera has exceeded our initial expectations and seems to be a great entry level camera for those toying with the idea of a DSLR. The price is great, and for those coming from a point and shoot, the results will knock you off your feet.