Summary: This model of Lumix comes with a design flaw in which the flash is not high enough and the lens might cast a shadow on the pictures. This is a big factor if you are shooting in the dark or other flash-required environment. Yet, if taking flash out of the equation the picture resolution and other features are awesome.
Poor DSLR substitute, Great point-and-shoot replacement.
Whitby K Ellsworth, Amazon
17 January 2013
Summary: A little too unsophistocated fo a serious photographer, but an outstanding product for a point-and-shooter. Has a reputation for a soft lens, but this unit is not soft. Megapixels are3 of high quality. Can comfortably carry in any jacket pocket or medium pocketbook. I leave mine in the Truck at all times - it is always ready.
Summary: I'd like to purchase a compact camera with better image quality than a DMC-ZS3 in both stills and movies. Initially I thought I'd get a Canon S100, but when this compact camera package (GF3 with 14mm f2.5) with much larger sensor became available for a mere 379, I ordered it. That's 50 less than the S100 and only 76 more than the cost of the lens alone! The GF3 is small, roughly the same size as my DMC-LX3.
Summary: 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.
Nice camera, but didn't focus well with pancake lens
Brad S, Amazon
23 October 2011
Summary: I own the older version of this camera (GF1) and was looking for something smaller to capitalize on the compactness of the micro 4/3 system. The GF3 is significantly smaller than the GF1, small enough that I could carry it in my jeans pocket with only a slight bulge (the old camera wouldn't fit at all!).
Summary: The camera is adorable and truly does produce great photos. I loved the look of the camera since I first saw it, it is sleek and slim. The touchscreen is handy as well as the top IA (Intelligent Auto) button. Overall I was happy with the purchase, until I used the pop up flash. On every indoor picture I took, the lens barrel shadow was present. The bottom 1/4th of the picture has a dark black shadow...even when you take off the flare ring.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds w 14-42 lens Update
li'l bamboo, Amazon
23 October 2011
Summary: I am not a pro photographer. I don't usually make money off of my photos but I like good photos. I am mainly a very enthusiastic amateur portrait photographer. Anything that gets in front of my camera is fair game so. The camera: I bought this camera to fit a specific niche. I'm not looking to retire my DSLR. I don't want a bunch of lenses for this camera. I have all Pro Glass for my DSLR.
A decent complement to an enthusiast photography kit
Luis E. D. Gimenez, Amazon
22 October 2011
Summary: For some time I've been looking for a camera with better image quality than a point & shoot that I could carry whenever I didn't feel like lugging my EOS 7D or 60D around. When a competing camera business offered the 14 mm kit bundled with the 14 - 42 mm zoom, I couldn't resist and jumped in. The GF-3 feels very well built and so does the 14 mm pancake. Not so much the kit zoom, but never worse than the standard kit glass offered with the Rebel line from Canon.