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Niftiest little camera!,
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3CK Kit 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 14mm Pancake Lens (Camera)
Let's agree on one fact: there is no single best camera. Each one gives you unique capability handling and compromises.
An interchangeable lens camera is only capable of capturing images that lenses that you mount on the camera capture. In that regard, MFT rules. You can mount everything from Leica M, Leica R, Leica screw mount, Olympus, Nikon F/G, Canon FD, Minolta and untold others on this camera. It's the universal digital back! On top, you get noise free pictures at all the way to ISO 800. You get a tiny compact body, access to lots of tremendous native MFT lenses. Lumix 14mm f2.5, 20mm f1.7 and Leica 25mm f1.4 are each amazing, small and better than most primes in Nikon, Canon and Sony lines.
Of course, the way to really maximize image quality is to pair this camera with Leica M or screw mount lenses via simple adapters. The camera makes it super easy to manually focus and expose right from the touchscreen. In a very unfair comparison, this little camera (body only: $399, Leica adapter $179) is a much cheaper alternative to the $7000 Leica M9. Of course, this is only 1/2 frame not full, but it's amazing for what you get in a tiny body.
When you just want a simple p&s, just put on the 14mm 2.5 and just let it do everything in iA mode. When you are ready to go off-road with manual lenses, you can do that. What's your pleasure?