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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1MP Compact System Camera Kit with 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Ultra compact Lumix G interchangeable lens camera
  • Advanced autofocus system designed for speed and accuracy
  • New Intelligent Auto mode and touchscreen control for creative freedom
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD High Quality Video Recording
  • Light weight for portability
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Panasonic DMC-GF5KEB-K Lumix G Compact System Camera with Interchangeable Lens - Black Panasonic DMC-GF5KEB-K Lumix G Compact System Camera with Interchangeable Lens - Black 4.3 out of 5 stars (3)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.3 x 6.7 cm ; 222 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DMC-GF3KEB-K
  • ASIN: B0057LZHBE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,935 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Manufacturer's Description

The GF3 has smart, easy touch-screen control
The GF3 has smart, easy touch-screen control

Lumix GF3--The World’s Smallest and Lightest Compact System Camera

Like a DSLR, the Lumix GF3 takes high quality photos and uses interchangeable lenses. Unlike a DSLR it's small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. Slim, stylish and easy to use, the LUMIX GF3 captures the moments you want to remember in exceptional detail. Panasonic’s new LUMIX GF3, is the world's smallest and lightest* interchangeable lens LUMIX G system camera, reduced approximately 17% in size and approximately 15% in weight compared with the DMC-GF2. It is designed to help you get more from every moment. Easy to use, bursting with features and weighing just 225g, the LUMIX GF3 puts DSLR image quality in the palm of your hand.* For an interchangeable lens system camera with a built-in flash as of June 13, 2011.

Smart and Intuitive Controls

Smart, Easy Touch-screen Control - The 3.0-inch touch-screen elevates operability more accurately and easily. It includes touch shutter, touch AF, touch playback and more.

The New Control Dial Enables Smooth Operation - The new control dial gives you smooth, free control. Just turn it and choose the icons you want to set. It makes complicated settings fun and easy.

The Newly Designed GUI for More Intuitive Operation - The sophisticatedly designed GUI and easy-to-understand icons allow easy shooting. Simply move the slider or touch the icons to shoot the way you want.

The Lumix GF3 boasts the world’s fastest level of Light Speed AF
The Lumix GF3 boasts the world’s fastest level of Light Speed AF

The World’s Fastest Level of Light Speed AF*

The DMC-GF3 features the world’s fastest level* of Light Speed AF featuring approx. 0.1 second which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps. Besides, in Contrast AF system, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occurs to achieve precise focusing. The DMC-GF3 incorporates Full-area focusing and Pinpoint AF function are incorporated allowing more precise focus setting by further enlarging the focusing area.* For an interchangeable lens system camera with a built-in flash as of June 13, 2011.

A Built-in-Flash in a Sleek, Compact Body

Even though the DMC-GF3’s body is extremely compact, it is equipped with a built-in flash which adopts a new pop-up mechanism to prevent vignetting effect due to short distance between the flash unit and the interchangeable lens.

Furthermore, the body is made of aluminum featuring lightness and high-specific strength with an ergonomic grip which offers a comfortable hold despite its ultra compact size.

The use of the flash in this compact body expands photographic opportunities in shooting people at nighttime or indoors.

Capture great photos from the very first shot with iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) mode
Capture great photos from the very first shot with iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) mode

iA Plus Mode with Easy Manual Adjustment

The LUMIX GF3 lets you capture great photos from the very first shot with iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) mode. Auto Focus and defocus can be set with one touch, Face Recognition will remember the settings for your friends and Intelligent Scene Selector will automatically switch to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched.

The iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Plus will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording. Defocusing area, exposure compensation and white balance can be adjusted for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may bring better results by just moving the slider with your finger.

Full HD Video Recording in AVCHD Format

Now the DMC-GF3 can record 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD format featuring almost twice the recording time in HD quality than Motion JPEG.

Easy Video Recording with Full-time Auto Focus - Video recording is more flexible with the DMC-GF3. Touch the screen, and the camera locks on and automatically “tracks” the subject as it moves, keeping on adjusting the focus settings for best results.

Dolby® Digital Creator High Quality Sound - The microphone on the upper body records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of your HD videos.

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Brand New Sealed. Full Panasonic Warranty. Next Day Delivery. UK Stock.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic little camera 22 May 2012
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens|Verified Purchase
This is the GF-3 compact in the much-lauded Lumix range, this one includes the body and the vari-focal lens 14-42mm. For technical specifications; please see the product descriptions.

I have to say that this is a fantastic camera that sits somewhere between the point-and-shoot category and the true SLRs. It has no viewfinder, so you are looking at a digital reproduction of the light hitting the sensor on the back screen. This is not a major problem, but proved to be difficult to frame things correctly in bright-light or higher-humidities where the fingerprints from using the touch-screen show up. All settings can be tweeked manually with the quick menu and has full ISO settings and F-dot control.

What I found most useful is the IA (Intelligent-Auto) assist button that sits on the top of the camera next to the capture button, this IA (Idiot-Assist as I have come to call it!) sets up the ISO and focal settings for you on the fly - it is incredibly quick at doing this as well meaning that when there isn't time to plan the shot; you still get great results. The focal mode can be shifted from Auto-Continuous, to Auto-Single or onto Manual, where a zoomed in section of the photo is shown to you to tweak it to perfection with the manual focus ring. This is a very nice touch that allows you to focus properly, despite the lack of a viewfinder.

The build is sturdy, if a little lens-heavy - but then this is the compact and has made an effort to reduce body size. The lens comes with a hood & a branded-carry-belt that attaches neatly to the sides. It comes with all the standard charger & necessary transfer cables for data - obviously. For this price, this is a fantastic camera that will produce quality photos with a professional feel to them.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectaions-superb for video 2 Nov 2011
By tony
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:14mm Lumix G f/2.5 ASPH Lens
I am a professional photographer but wanted a small and compact high quality camera that could shoot HD video. I saw this absolute bargain at J Lewis in Kingston, while looking at another Panasonic Video camera for a client. I saw the GF3 on a shelf with a reduced price tag of 300-last one they had before restocking. I asked to look at it and unlike the very poor, yet pricey Camcorder i had looked into, this was immediately distinguished by its build quality-good slightly weighty feel, giving it a reassuring feel. What's more it came with the 14mm-42mm zoom as well! I have seen this all for over 450 on the web since.
I have now used it and the video in HD is superb. The controls are easy to navigate and it has a range of controls allowing you to override the auto settings. The lens quality is superb-i have only used the standard 14mm which has a great field of view.
The sound is also excellent-and in stereo. Ok, you cannot add external mics, but for this price you cannot expect to. (You could always buy a sound recorder and link the two in edit-should you need professional sound)
Furthermore i have bought some adaptors that will enable me to use my old manual Nikon F lenses-sharpest you can get. Also have some unused Pentax M42 lenses which I inherited. They will now have a new life on this camera. Also the bonus is that these lenses double their focal length on this camera so a cheap 135mm lens becomes a near enough 300mm lens.
Given its capacity as a video camera with HD as well as a still camera, it is a bargain. Quality without a price tag to match.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice compact camera 11 May 2012
Colour Name:Red| Size Name:14mm Lumix G f/2.5 ASPH Lens|Verified Purchase
Nice little camera which goes everywhere with me (unlike the bulky DSLR) and allows me good control of the shots. Like the option of the touch screen but can be a bit fiddly. Love the 14mm pancake lens which is very sharp. Battery life is very good. Camera has a feel good colour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 7 Nov 2012
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens
I travel a lot a needed a smaller, light weight SLR to hand. Having owned many film and digital SLR's over the years, I was keen to see how this little mirrorless chap performed.
All I can say is I am a convert. I have sold my Sony Alpha and bought additional lens's for my new Panasonic. The image quality is excellent and video is spot on. It is so easy to use, and handy. The only thing I miss is a view finder but that would make the camera larger and I would be back where I started.
I have thought I may buy a body only G3 as I now have a range of lens's but I keep using my GF3 and an think, no save the money, It could not be better than what I already own.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Twasme
Colour Name:White|Size Name:14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens
The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is, at the time of introduction, Pansonic's smallest Compact System Camera. It has a "micro four thirds" lens mount, so is compatible with lenses made for other Lumix G series cameras and the Olympus PEN cameras.

Compared with previous Panasonic G series cameras, the image quality is a great improvement: their previous cameras had discernible luminance noise when viewed full scale, which seems to be absent here. For me, that improvement in quality and the small size of the camera are it's main advantages.

The controls on the back of the camera are a slight change from previous models. It retains a rocker button for the main menu navigation, but the jog wheel of other Lumix G cameras is replaced a ring around the rocker button. On the one hand this makes it easier to scroll through menu items, but on the other hand it is quite easy to knock, bringing up a menu when mid-way through composing a shot.

The small size of the camera mean there is not much space for buttons, so the few that there are have to work quite hard. The buttons are quite light and responsive which means it is quite easy to navigate through the menus, but it is also quite easy to find you've gone a button-press too far.

As an alternative to the buttons, the camera also has a touchscreen, from which it is possible to do all that is available on the buttons, and a little more. To me, the screen seems to need rather heavy pressure to register a command, but is still quite responsive. Using both buttons and touchscreen together makes it very quick to get around the menus.

The camera shell is mainly of metal construction giving it, in the main, a robust feel, but that is let down by two functional parts that seem quite flimsy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased with Pancake lens
I had previously owned the Lumix G2 (the larger bridge camera with flip out rotating viewfinder). Although I loved that camera for filming videos of myself for YouTube, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Armogida
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and strong with picture quality but not IS
The camera is slightly outdated now at the time of writing this review however I have it coupled with a Summilux DG and the combo is near perfect - no complaints whatsoever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality in a Pocket
I have a G2 which I really love, and had collected three lenses..(a pancake, the kit lens, and 200mm).

I saw the GF3 body only in a sale for 64 and couldn't resist it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by art lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
It has good quality and reasonable price. I have been using this one for almost two years. Like it very much.
Published 6 months ago by zhulinfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great camera - breaks easily
This is a really great camera, easy to use, beautiful photos. Only thing is it breaks really easily. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Lux
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camer
My first digital slr camera. Very compact, producing excellent results. I bought it after reviewing many other cameras but within 150, no complaints.
Published 15 months ago by sarfraz ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars great camera
does all the things dslr's do but in a more compact and light package perfect for someone like me who wants versatility but does not want to lug around a large heavy camera costing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Geoffrey Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction into the World of Micro Four Thirds Photography
I bought this kit last year, as I am a keen photographer and wanted a 'taste' of the MFT systems that were available. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfied, i've seen better.
it is not what it looks like. once i had a minolta, i payed it les and it worked better.
Published 18 months ago by ervin
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
as good as i expected
Smaller than Gf2 and the pictures are better than GF2's
Go and Try it it deserves
Published 20 months ago by Pen Name
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