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Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens - DMC-GF3KK

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Touch-Enabled 3 " LCD Display With Mode Thumb Wheel/ Built-In Flash/ Dust Reduction System/ HD Video Capture/ Intelligent Auto And Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)/ Venus Engine FHD/ LightSpeed Focusing And PinPoint Focusing Control/ Black Finish
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Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens, Model DMCGF3KK

Panasonics LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master. This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras (CSC) offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies.

Features:

  • Mode Access via Touch-Enabled LCD or Mode Thumb Wheel
    The DMC-GF3 provides a traditional DSLR-like experience without the need for complicated external mode dials, yet provides intuitive and quick access to common modes like Program, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Manual via a touch-enabled LCD that operates much like a smart phone. Additional quick access touch-enabled settings include three Customizable Modes that get you to your favorite camera setup quickly, multiple Scene Modes and the new LUMIX Creative Control Mode. The DMC-GF3 provides a dedicated video button that can be used to switch to video capture quickly without changing modes. At the heart of the DMC-GF3s simplified functionality is a large 3.0-inch LCD (460k- dot) that allows for intuitive touch control of menus and most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls. Menus can be customized using simple drag-and-drop actions like those on most touch-enabled smartphones. This allows for a custom user interface, giving Quick Menu access to functions that can be tailored to any users expertise level. Even the shutter can be triggered from the touch-enabled LCD by simply touching the subject you want focused and captured. Using the touch-screen operation, a user can lock onto a subject, enabling AF Tracking in both still and video modes. When youre ready to shoot, the subject will be in focus and ready to capture. For those who miss the tactile feel of a traditional DSLR mode dial, the DMC-GF3 offers an innovative mode thumb wheel that quickly cycles though all available modes with visual feedback provided on the large 3 touch-enabled LCD
    • Available Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby, Pet, Party and Sunset, which can all be controlled from the intuitive touch-enabled LCD
  • Built-in Flash
    Thanks to a 6400 ISO, the DMC-GF3 shoots well under low light even without a flash. But there are times when a flash provides desired enhancements. So, like most DSLRs, the DMC-GF3 provides a built-in pop-up flash for added light during low-light shooting
  • Lens Options and 3D Capture
    LUMIX G Series Compact System Cameras utilize the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lens mount. MFT offers greater size and weight reduction in the lens without compromising lens performance and clarity. The LUMIX G MFT System offers a selection of 12 high performance fixed focal length and variable aperture G Vario zooms, including a highly versatile 3D lens capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images at the same time. There are lens adaptors available for mounting older Leica M and Leica R lenses, including older LUMIX full Four Thirds lenses. An innovative 14-140mm HD G Vario lens provides the best of video and still-image shooting with a long 10x range and near silent high-speed focusing. When connected to the DMC-GF3, ultra fast focusing and auto subject track AF can be achieved. Many LUMIX MFT lenses come with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in. This feature helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Working together with the cameras Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves, youre sure to capture images that are sharp
  • Dust Reduction System
    As with many interchangeable lens cameras, dust on the sensor reduces image clarity. To eliminate this potential, the DMC-GF3 has a Dust Reduction System that uses a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively
  • HD Video Capture
    The LUMIX DMC-GF3 also shoots 1080/60i High Definition video using the AVCHD format (sensor output 30 fps). It offers a built-in mono microphone and includes a wind-cut function that further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused by background wind. An audio meter can be displayed on the LCD for monitoring audio levels. Captured video can be played back in High Definition via an optional HDMI mini cable directly to an HD-compatible TV, or played directly on Panasonic VIERA TVs via the SD card. New near silent focusing features offered in several LUMIX Micro Four Thirds lenses help keep lens noise at bay, while the touch-enabled LCD allows you to automatically keep active subjects in focus with touch-enabled subject AF Tracking
  • Faster, Accurate Pinpoint Focusing
    Contrast Detection Auto Focus technology used in point-and-shoot and new mirrorless Compact System Cameras now approaches the speeds that were once only available from traditional professional-level DSLRs. The DMC-GF3 now offers the new LUMIX Light Speed Auto Focus technology developed for the highly regarded GH2. LUMIX Light Speed AF locks onto a subject quickly so you wont suffer from shutter lag frustration. Contrast Auto Focusing also offers greater shot accuracy due to fewer hardware components needed vs. traditional DSLR phase difference systems, thus fewer pictures will suffer from system focusing errors (e.g., the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% at F1.4, while Phase Difference AF is approx. 60%). Manual control over focus is available in the DMC-GF3 and now features a quick 4x magnification feature. By simply touching the subject, that subject is then enlarged in a small window, allowing you to keep the rest of the image in view as a framing reference. Beyond 4x, that small window fills the monitor so even more control over focus fine-tuning can be achieved. This handy feature is available from both the MF Assist (Manual Focus) and AF + MF focus modes. The DMC-GF3 now offers a large LCD touch-focus area, enabling touch-focus control from any part of the image as seen on the LCD. Unlike traditional DSLRs that limit the number and position of focus points, the DMC-GF3 uses the entire image sensor and can even fine-tune focus with a new fine-tuning Pinpoint AF feature. When Pinpoint AF is enabled, the image is enlarged, allowing for pixel-level setting of the focus area desired. Once set, the DMC-GF3 will use this fine-tuned focus point to produce a sharp, detailed image
  • Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+)
    The DMC-GF3 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably in both photo and video recording modes with iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In the new iA Plus Mode, the defocusing area, exposure control and white balance can be adjusted visually for scenes where a slight manual adjustment may produce a more desired result
  • Color and Effects
    Using the LUMIX Photo Style Mode, popular color effects can be achieved. These settings can be further enhanced with fine-tuning of Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction. Color effects include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom. With LUMIX Creative Control Mode, accessed from the Mode dial at the top of the camera, an expressive look to the image can be achieved without the need for complicated post-processing software. Common effects can be achieved via the touch-control menu as a pre-setting in an easy-to-understand what you see is what you get experience. Effects include: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and now, Miniature Effect
  • Venus Engine FHD
    The new LUMIX Venus Engine FHD offers vastly improved compensation for electronic noise under low light and shadows where higher ISOs typically add grain to the image. Circuitry on the large DSLR sized 12.1-megapixel sensor further reduces low-noise signal problems at the pixel level and at the amplifier circuit level. As a result, higher ISOs with much lower noise can be achieved. This means faster action-stopping shutter speeds in low light, and a maximum achievable ISO of 6400. The new Venus Engine FHD uses new Intelligent Resolution technology to sharpen edge detail without softening fine detail. In addition to maximizing edge and fine detail, the Venus Engine offers Intelligent D-Range Control. Intelligent D-Range Control enables maximum capture of the images full range of brightness, without blown-out highlights and muddying shadows

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Digital interchangeable lens system camera
  • Image Sensor
    • Type: Live MOS Sensor
    • Total pixels: 13.06 Megapixels
    • Camera effective pixels: 12.10 Megapixels
    • Color filter: Primary color filter
    • Dust reduction system: Supersonic wave filter
  • Image Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Focus
    • Type: Contrast AF system, Focus mode:AFS/ AFC/ MF
    • AF mode: Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint
  • AF detective range: EV 0-18 (ISO100 equivalent)
  • Focus Others: Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
  • AF/AE Lock: Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
  • AF Assist Lamp: Yes
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
  • White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting / Portrait / Beauty skin / Sport / Flower / Collection / Baby / Pet / defocus control
  • White Balance Adjustment
    • Blue/Amber Bias
    • Magenta/Green Bias
  • Color Temperature Setting: 2500-10000K in 100K
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
  • Exposure: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
  • Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
  • Auto Bracketing (AE): 3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV
  • Light Metering System: 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
  • Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
  • Metering Range: EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
  • Still Image Scene Mode: Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / /Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
  • Movie Scene Mode: Portrait/SoftSkin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Flower/Food/Objects/Lowlight/Party/Sunset (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing MovieButton.)
  • Movie Scene Mode Note: (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
  • Shutter Speed/Shutter System
    • Type: Focal-plane shutter
    • Shutter speed: Still Images: 1/4000~60
    • Motion image: 1/16000~1/30 (NTSC)
  • Self Timer: 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec
  • Recording Format
    • Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
    • Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
  • Image Quality: RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
  • Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image): [4:3] 4000x3000(L) / 2816x2112(M) / 2048x1536(S) / 1600x1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
  • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image): [3:2] 4000x2672(L) / 2816x1880(M) / 2048x1360(S) / 1600x1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image): [16:9] 4000x2248(L) / 2816x1584(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1600x904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
  • 1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image): [1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440x1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
  • Motion Picture Recording 4:3: Motion JPEG: [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
  • Motion Image (HD Movie): Motion JPEG: [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
  • Motion Image (AVCHD) NTSC
    • [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps)
    • [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH:17Mbps)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • Protection/Erase
    • Protection: Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
    • Erase: Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
  • Built-in Flash Type/Mode
    • TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent (ISO 160•m), Built-in Pop-up
    • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync,Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
  • Flash Synchronization: 1st. Curtain Sync
  • Synchronization speed: Less than 1/160 second
  • LCD Monitor
    • Type: TFT LCD with Touch panel
    • Monitor size: 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
    • Pixels: 460K dots
    • Field of View: 100%
    • Monitor Adjust: Brightness (7 levels), Cnotrast & Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
  • Live View
    • Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x
    • Extra Tele Conversion: Still image: Max.2x
    • Motion image: 3.1x (SH/H in AVCHD and HD/WVGA in Motion JPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in Motion JPEG)
  • Extra Tele Conversion: Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
  • Live View: Other Functions: Guide Lines (3 patterns)/Real-time Histogram
  • Playback Mode: Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD/Motion JPEG/3D Play/Category/Favorite)
  • Additional Playback Mode: Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
  • OSD Language
    • English, Spanish
    • *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
  • Recording Media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
  • Microphone
    • Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
    • Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
  • Speaker: Monaural
  • HDMI
    • miniHDMI TypeC
    • Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
    • Audio: Linear PCM
  • Direct Print: PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
  • Battery
    • Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included)
    • Battery Charger
  • Battery Life
    • CIPA standard: Approx. 320 images with H-FS014042
    • Approx. 340 images with H-H014
  • Operating Humidity: 10% to 80%
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Included Software
    • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.2 HD Edition
    • SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE
    • Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
    • USB Driver
  • Standard Accessories
    • Battery Charger, Body Cap(DMC-GF3K/DMC-GF3 only), AV Cable, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM
    • *Body cap not incl for DMC-GF3C kit/DMC-GF3W kit
    • **Lens rear cap of H-H014 lens not incl for DMC-GF3C kit/DMC-GF3W Kit
  • Continuous recordable time (Motion images): AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 160 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 170 min with H-H014
  • Actual recordable time (Motion images): AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
  • Burst Speed: H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
  • BURST SHOOTING: Number of recordable images
    • 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
    • Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
  • USB USB: 2.0 High Speed
  • Audio video output
    • Monaural Type, NTSC
    • *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market
  • Creative control: (Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Sepia / High Dyamic / Miniature

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Without Lens
    • Height: 2.64"
    • Width: 4.24"
    • Depth: 1.28"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 2.47 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Effective Pixels12.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height2.64"
Width4.24"
Depth1.28"
Digital Zoom2x/4x (Live view only)
Built-In FlashYes
Image Stabilization Yes
LCD Screen Size3"
LCD TypeTFT LCD
Red Eye ReductionNo
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10 sec.
Shutter Speed1/4000~60
Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXC
Power SourceLi-ion Battery Pack
White BalanceBlue/Amber Bias, Magenta/Green Bias
Included AccessoriesBattery Charger, Body Cap(DMC-GF3K/DMC-GF3 only), AV Cable, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM
  

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Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Convenient (12)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Compact (11)
  • Exceeded expectations (10)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

  • Did not meet expectations (4)
  • Poor documentation (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very happy so far

After the usual searches of the usual sources for info/recommendations on the usual brands, I ended up with something entirely different. Just happened across a review of the Lumix and was hooked....Read complete review

After the usual searches of the usual sources for info/recommendations on the usual brands, I ended up with something entirely different. Just happened across a review of the Lumix and was hooked. I haven't tried everything yet, but I mostly like what I have tried so far. The first thing I noticed on the camera was a real on/off switch, NOT a button! Love that. Then I noticed the lens was threaded for filters, just like a "real" camera. Nice thing is, it's 52mm, which is the filter size of my old 35mm camera, so I had a UV filter ready to be used. I like the view finder, I sometimes prefer to use same, and it's optically compensated. The digital display is large and clear and can be swiveled in various directions, making it easy to get those not-head-on shots. And when it's not being used, it can be flipped around so it's protected in transit. It can shoot RAW format which, while I rarely need it, is definitely nice to have for certain photos. Ditto for its 3D ability. It has all sorts of high-speed options and you can choose how long (or not at all) you want an image to display after you take the shot. I've found only a few annoyances so far. The big one is the (now standard) lack of a real manual. Hard to believe, Panasonic, but not everyone has a computer! And no computer is as handy to carry in my pocket as a manual would be. The other annoying thing is there's no play-only setting to look at your photos. In other words, you must power up the camera in record mode, have the lens extend and then press a button to switch to play mode. This extra in and out wastes battery power. Minor annoyances are interface related. The camera comes with a USB cable but it's too short to be very practical. And, while it has HDMI capability, the camera does not include a cable for same. I'll try to post a follow-up after I've used the camera for a while. I expect I'll be quite happy with it.

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Worst flash design

We purchased this camera after having our first child. We live in WASHINGTON STATE where sunshine is usually limited and we need to use a flash indoors for all photos. This camera has a...Read complete review

We purchased this camera after having our first child. We live in WASHINGTON STATE where sunshine is usually limited and we need to use a flash indoors for all photos. This camera has a design flaw that leaves a dark shadow on every picture from the lens. It is unnaceptable panasonic!! This should be fixed. If you are onl,y using this camera outdoors when no flash is needed it does take great pictures. But I would NOT recommend for indoor use.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great picture quality.

By 

from Illinois

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Picture quality Excellent

Cons

  • no cons

Best Uses

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

    This camera with a pancake lens can't be beat for the price. Much better than a point and shoot. Lot's of great features.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality with Great Features

    By 

    from Idaho

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Convenient
    • Durable
    • Easy to use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

        Rated high and it lives up to expectation. Takes great pictures for me. Separate vidio record button is nice. Mic picks up crisp sound. Takes quality MP4 movies. A great choice for both pictures and vidio. I feel like I have quality in my hand when the lense moves. The screen is bright and menus are large enough for my over 50 year old eyes to read. It is fun to use. Flash is good for a point and shoot but takes about a second to fire in low light. The flash has two modes: iAuto that covers most cases and off.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good p & s

        By 

        from LI ny

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Convenient
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • doesn't feel 'robust' enuf
        • Poor Documentation

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

          Very good p&s+ camera w/many adv features.

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          (39 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Traveler's Friend

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          from Mobile, Alabama

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Convenient
          • Easy to use
          • Exceeded expectations

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

              I took this camera on a recent trip to Oregon, and could not be more pleased with its preformance. It is a point and shoot camera with a huge optical zoom range and gets it gets the job done! I did not want to lug my DSLR on this trip, and was able to keep this camera in a belt case. I generally kept the settings on totally automatic, and got beautifully exposed shots. The camera is quick to shoot, and I got great life from the battery. I always had plenty of charge left after a day of shooting, but always charged up every night, just to be safe. We also have a Lumix DMC-TZ1 which we have used since 2007, and it still takes great shots. My wife used it on this trip. But the DMC-ZS15 is smaller, and outperforms it. It should, since the former is 5 years old! But our positive experience with the older camera let me in the direction of the newer model. I could not be any more pleased. This camera will be my constant travel complanion.

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              5.0

              "Camera"

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              from spokane, WA

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to use
              • Exceeded expectations

              Cons

              • better owners manuel (book)

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                Received this Camera as a gift from wedding. Took along on Honeymon-Hawai trip. The camera took outstanding pictures. Great camera and many features that make the camera work for itself and keep owner very happy.....

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                (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not that good

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                from Belize

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                • Did not meet expectations

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                  Dispite this camera has been promoted as THE BEST it is not. The consumer service to answer a question about the "funny" size of the RAW files is absolutely USELESS. What kind of camera produces RAW files at the size it wants. Generating 4 different of RAW files size for the same original JPEG file. Range of aperture and speed too small. A lot of features for dummies photographer but some BIG mistake on the engineering (put a tripod plate and you can not access the card or the battery...)

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                  (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Worst flash design

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                  from Washington State

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to use

                  Cons

                  • dark shadow on pictures when using the flash
                  • Did not meet expectations
                  • Poor Documentation
                  • Poor quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                    We purchased this camera after having our first child. We live in WASHINGTON STATE where sunshine is usually limited and we need to use a flash indoors for all photos. This camera has a design flaw that leaves a dark shadow on every picture from the lens. It is unnaceptable panasonic!! This should be fixed. If you are onl,y using this camera outdoors when no flash is needed it does take great pictures. But I would NOT recommend for indoor use.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Camera Ever

                    By 

                    from Toronto

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Convenient
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to use
                    • Exceeded expectations
                    • Inexpensive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                        Bought this camera last summer, This is one of the best purchase ever. The camera is so light and picture quality is amazing. You don't need to carry big DSLR and other accessories. Point and shots are good but in low lighting they are little disappointment. I use this camera indoor and outdoor, quality is good as big DSLR. You get most the manual features. Not a very big fan of touch screen. But that is not just this camera. I don't like any touch screen camera. Pictures are crisp and lighting is never been an issue. Totally recommend to friend and family.

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                        5.0

                        best camra

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                        from florda'FL

                        Pros

                        • color optchin
                        • Easy to use
                        • Exceeded expectations
                        • Inexpensive

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                          this camras of colors are good but the price is too high also very good scren good for pro picturs

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                          (11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Nice camera

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Exceeded expectations

                          Cons

                          • raw files processing

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens:

                            This is a great little walk around camera. I does not weight much and it takes great pictures. The lens is extraordinary. I have problems replaying the videos; it is very complicated. And, the biggy is that although this camera takes pictures in the Raw format, this format is not read well by Adobe Photoshop or other editing programs. So, in this sense, the camera is not perfect but it is very nice.

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                            Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens

                            Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Black Digital Camera With 14-42mm Zoom Lens

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