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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3CK Kit 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 14mm Pancake Lens by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3CK Kit 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 14mm Pancake Lens
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 57 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 3.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.8   above average
Size4.8   above average
Speed4.7   above average
Lens4.3   exceptional
Flash4.2   above average
Light4.1   average
Compact3.9   below average
Image3.6   below average


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Compact

Compact:
"I would say that this camera is not the best compact camera out there, but is rather in between the average and the best."
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"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."
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"To get decent low light pictures with the GF3, you'll have to use the flash, and then the GF3 has no advantage over any other compact camera."
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"Panasonic has a new compact 14-42 manual zoom that will be a great addition to your kit."
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"This is the perfect quality compact travel camera! "
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"The 14mm Pancake lens is fantastically sharp and compact and functions well in low light conditions, however there is no image stabilisation with the supplied lens."
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"This is a fantastic little camera which blows the socks off most compact cameras."
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"compact and working well."
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Flash

Flash:
"To get decent low light pictures with the GF3, you'll have to use the flash, and then the GF3 has no advantage over any other compact camera."
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"The only drawback with the camera I feel is the flash recycle."
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"Easy to use built-in flash* Battery."
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"Indoor pictures without the flash are quite decent with the faster fixed-focal-length lenses (e. g. 14mm pancake)* Flash."
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"The 14mm pancake lens is very sharp and fast, and indoor pictures (without the flash) are surprisingly good."
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"With the flash, you have a decent range of lighting and fill for most needs."
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Image

Image:
"I like it but compared to some of the other cameras out there, it's not the best photo for your value."
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"The downside is you have to wait until the last image is written before viewing any of them."
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"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."
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"(Same problem in Pana FZ150, corner image soft)"
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"1600 is not as good as on my D90, but shooting RAW and processing the images gets results I am very happy with."
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"I bought this camera on a budget and did not want to compromise image quality for price - I was not disappointed."
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"I love the special effects because they make images more fun to take."
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"The only lacking feature is megapixel, I can't wait until Micro's come out with more of them for crispier images at reasonable values."
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"He loves it very much, and taking a lot of pics of his dearest daughter."
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"I can bring it anywhere, and get great image quality in almost any condition."
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Lens

Lens:
"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"My only complaint is that the manual focus using the lens tube is kind of difficult to use."
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"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."
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"Autofocus is quick, quicker than my LX3.The biggest two problems with this camera are its obsolete sensor and its compromised pancake lens."
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"The 14mm f2.5 pancake lens is tiny but optically compromised."
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"Love the size of the pancake but unfortunately this lens is SOFT at the open 2.5 setting."
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"Nice thing to you can switch lens with this and even use adapters to put on old Nikon or Canon or whatever lens you find at a garage sale."
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"The wide lens actually produces a fairly nice shallow depth of field with bokeh in low light situations."
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"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"The GF3 w lens, offers a good hand hold, and no problems with triggering the shutter."
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"It has a fast lens, is unobtrusive and the video is reliable."
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Light

Light:
"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"Only thing that i dont like is, the video is not as good as the Lumix LX5 in low light.."
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"To get decent low light pictures with the GF3, you'll have to use the flash, and then the GF3 has no advantage over any other compact camera."
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"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"very good camera, takes amazing low light pictures."
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"It has good light sensitivity, low digital noise, and good speed."
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"The included pancake lens is very wide angle, but it works great indoors where space is cramped and light may be low."
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"I was looking for something simple and light - and this camera was a great fit!"
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Price

Price:
"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"But they are inexpensive, light weight, and have good glass, so the problem is me, not the lens."
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"The GF3 is a smart, affordable, easy to handle, fun to use, flyweight, with a sensor as big (almost) as the viewing screen on my old Canon."
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"The Panasonic, Lumix GF3, M4 3 camera is: fun, cheap, and does a sweet (my opinion) job of taking still and motion pictures."
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"This is a great little camera at a great price."
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"I bought this on a closeout sale cause the price was so great and I'm glad I did!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Without an image stabilizer the slowest shutter speed I can hand hold is 1 20.Photo quality is terrific, and while it's not as good a high end SLR (like my Canon 7D), it is a definite step up from a point and shoot camera without much added bulk."
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"I have a G5 camera too, and I much prefer to use that if I am going out to take some dedicated pictures, but when life throws random picture opportunities at me, I now always have a great high quality camera with me."
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"This is the perfect quality compact travel camera! "
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"I love the picture quality and although it takes some time to navigate the features, it's inevitable that there is a time to get used to the camera."
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"I bought this camera on a budget and did not want to compromise image quality for price - I was not disappointed."
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"Very good quality."
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Size

Size:
"Love the size of the pancake but unfortunately this lens is SOFT at the open 2.5 setting."
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"It is probably too small for some users (but great for me because I can slip the camera, with the 20-mm lens attached in my pants pocket)."
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"BTW if you need a perfect custom made small case for this camera check out Leather Camera Case Bag for Panasonic Lumix GF3 Black"
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"I have gotten so many great pictures that I otherwise would not have had because this camera is small enough for me to carry every place I go."
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"In summary: if you travel and want a reasonably small camera that takes excellent pictures, then forget about using a cell phone or ultra-compact camera."
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"Once you lose the size and cost advantages of a camera like the GF3, you might as well be using the DSLRs."
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Speed

Speed:
"The kit zoom offers visibly better IQ at the wide (equivalent) end but it is painfully slow."
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"It has a fast lens, is unobtrusive and the video is reliable."
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"It has good light sensitivity, low digital noise, and good speed."
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"It takes fast sharp pictures and I love that I can bounce the little on-camera flash."
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"The focus is super fast and accurate."
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"It is Fast, Produces nice Bokeh on Portraits."
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