Summary: I love the camera but the 14-mm kit lens produces only sub-par photos. To get the most out of the camera, get yourself the 45-150-mm zoom lens, which is very good, and the 20-mm (1.7f-stop) prime lens (and, of course, others should you want them). I use the 20-mm lens all the time, especially at night, when I carry the camera through cities for night photography.
Summary: I already have the smallest DSLR in the Panasonic Lumix G3, but this is even smaller. Combine it with a pancake lens or as I did with the much more reasonable priced Sigma 30mm 1:2.8 lens and it easily fits inside a jacket pocket. I have been surprised at how bright the touch control LCD screen is even in daylight which has always steered me away from a camera without a viewfinder. The camera also has some nice features such as Defocus and night Scenery mode.
Summary: While I am still getting used to the touch screen and lack of a viewfinder I am comfortable that this was the right choice to upgrade from my point and shoot. With the flat pancake lense it is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket of hiking shorts. The camera had good balance and is very light. The price was right you can find a good number of accessories on line.
Summary: This is a very nice camera. I'm very satisfied. I finally feel like I have the power of a DSLR in my hands except that it's much more compact and more like a typical point and shoot. I haven't yet fiddled with the features in the camera as yet, but I've gotten pretty great results so far with the camera in automatic. I wish I knew more about the pancake lens before I bought it; I wanted it badly because it was more compact than the 14-42 mm lens.
Summary: The GF3 is a nice, semi-pocketable camera. It is really compact, and I think the build quality is pretty nice. It feels pretty solid in my hands. The grip is pretty decent for such a small camera. It focuses reasonably quick, and the pop-up flash is nice to have. The screen is not great. It seems to refresh rather slowly and there is some ghosting. It is not a big deal considering the price and image quality.
Better than expected but not as good as the Olympus Pl2
DonewithNAS "The Merry World of Books", Amazon
8 April 2013
Summary: My kids have olympus pl2s. I bought this so we could share lenses and yet not fork over the extra hundred dollars. It is a nice camera but the olympus is better. I do like the touch screen and the body size but the lense is much larger than the olympus. It also does not recognize all the lenses that the olympus does but given my needs it is satisfactory.
Summary: This is a micro four thirds system (MFT)It is designed to use a larger sensor than the typical point and shoot and so gives better pictures plus it has interchangeable lenses that work on all MFT cameras. Currently Olympus and Panasonic offer camera bodies so you can mix and match to your liking... I bought this on a closeout sale cause the price was so great and I'm glad I did!. Is it the best possible MFT camera ? - no but it's pretty darn good and it is the smallest.
A big upgrade from any point and shoot I've ever seen, and nearly the equal of many DSLRs without the weight and bulk.
Jerry T "da1Bear", Amazon
21 January 2013
Summary: I retired about a year ago, and recently I realized I hadn't used my Nikon DSLR in over a year. Thinking about it, the reason was obvious; it was too bulky and heavy to carry conveniently, so I didn't, and I missed a lot of pix. Since I got this camera, just about a week ago, I've been carrying it in my jacket pocket whenever I go out. I take a lot more photos than I have in a long time.
Summary: Compared to SLR camera, I prefer micro 4/3 camera due to its small size, easy to carry etc, and Panasonic GF series are the only option I've ever considered. So far so good, except its compatible lenses are extremely expensive: the one I want is 42-200 mm lens, which is around $200 --- I can almost buy a new GF3. And unfortunately, only 14-42 mm lens is obviously not sufficient for my use.
Summary: Love the camera but the 14-42 kit lens is garbage. To begin with, the sheer size of it defeats the whole purpose of having such a small camera and it causes very poor performance in low light. If you want the zoom lens get the 14-42 vario lens or even better get a prime lens which will allow for great low light shots.