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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent camera with some important flaws, December 10, 2011
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Below is my original review in which I gave a four star rating. I have since done some more shooting and the shadow created by the lens when using the flash has ruined way too many shots. This seems like a HUGE design oversight and I've decided to downgrade it to 3 - even with the deal I got on it. You would do better to spend $100-150 more and get a camera that is designed well - I did so and purchased the Sony NEX5 and am quite happy with it.

Looking for an upgrade from a point and shoot I came across a this camera - reviewed fairly well and the idea of a better camera that was still somewhat more compact (and cheaper) than the higher end models was appealing. It has taken some good photos, and I am still learning the ins and outs of the options that allow for more flexibility in the kinds of photos I can take. 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 pop up flash is touted as a plus when compared to similar cameras, it doesn't pop up high enough to avoid a shadow created by the lens, at least when objects are relatively near. Conclusion, I feel like I'm going to outgrow this one pretty quick. However, having found an in store deal that ended up at $350 after tax, it was worth it. At full price I would have my doubts.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2011 7:49:50 PM PST
Book Reader says:
Was that $350 including the kit lens? If so what store?

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 2:23:39 PM PST
killahca$h says:
Target right now has a deal on this camera. $399.99 plus you get a free $75.00 gift card. I bought mine there, only available in stores until 12/24, hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 7:17:30 AM PST
Mark Twain says:
Turn the flush up to avoid shadows.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 11:28:03 AM PST
Nicholson says:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen and 14mm F2.5 ASPH Lens I have the GF-2. Be sure and remove the lens hood. Many cameras with built in flash have a cut out of the corner at wide angle. This can easily be cropped out.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 8:29:25 PM PST
MaOnShan says:
I bought the camera with kits lens at $300 at special offer from AMAZON. I cannot believe the offer is so low. For your information, SONY NEX-3 and zoom lens have similar problem. However, I still love the camera.
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