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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the perfect camera!, December 9, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic DMC-G5KK 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
This comes from a non professional point and shoot person;)
This is one of the best cameras available for beginners! It was important to me to be able to pull out the camera, focus and klick as soon as there was a moment with my kids and always moving dogs! All movement pictures came out perfect without me having to set shutter speed or anything! Pre settings work just fine! Yet the camera has a lot of features professionals or learners can use!
I like the size! It is not as bulky as most DSLRs, but does the job of one!
A great feature is also the ability to look through the viewfinder when viewing pictures! They pop right out at you! I am able to see every eyelash on my kid etc! This helps to decide if a picture needs to be deleted or not, that would not be possible on a small screen! Another great feature is the ability to take pictures while filming!!!
Now, the deal breaker to me was, there is no auto zoom while filming:( It is impossible to zoom in while filming without moving the camera! The parts of the movie where I was zooming in or out came out shaking, even grinding and clicking noise from the lens moving in and out was to hear in the movie!

It was also upsetting that only 5 days after I purchased it, the price came down to $499. Over $100 less than I paid. Amazon would not price match ( I might have kept it for hat money and use something else for movies....... But they didn't)
Now if Panasonic would ad auto zoom, plus maybe GPS and or public sharing ability, I believe it would be the best camera for beginners and pros alike!
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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 10:50:09 AM PST
Avalon says:
I assume you mean power zoom, that feature is built into this camera, BUT you need a power zoon lens for it to work. I believe Panasonic has two available, but both are over $1,000. Personally I would rather spend that money on other lenses that don't have power zoom features. Zooming during home movies is never fluid unless you are really good at it.

But you are right, although I have not taken a movie and tried to zoom, I did play around with the zoom on a couple lenses and could tell there was no way to smoothly manually zoom without it moving the camera which in turn means bouncing video while zooming.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 4:34:23 PM PST
Juan Grande says:
If you had told amazon that you were going to return this one and re-order for $100 less, I'm sure they would have price matched. They did for me on the G3 a couple of months ago! Panasonic has a 14-42 PZ lens and a 45-175mm PZ both of which are relatively cheap. The expensive zooms are 12-35 and 35-100 f2.8.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 10:05:29 AM PST
MysticJaguar says:
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 Lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Digital Cameras PZ lens under $300.
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