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DJ3xclusive 02-04-2013 09:01 AM

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds Compact Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens $279 + Free Shipping (Ebay Daily Deal)
 
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yuugotserved 02-04-2013 09:01 AM

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds Compact Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens (Black or Red) $279 + Free Shipping
 
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BuyDig via eBay has Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds Compact Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens (Black or Red) on sale for $279. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

Price Research: Our research indicates that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds Compact Digital Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens is $110 lower (28% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $389 to $684. - yuugotserved

Hands-on review courtesy of Engadget

wikipost 02-04-2013 09:01 AM

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Update:
I have called the customer service and they have confirmed that the kit lens is in fact the Power zoom lens and I just got a shipping confirmation email from Buydig that says,


[ Item Code: PNDMCGF3KK

Item Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3XK 12.1 MP Micro Four Thirds Compact Camera with PZ 14-42mm Lens

laidbacklarkin 02-04-2013 09:09 AM

terrific price..this cam is worth its weight in gold

fyu 02-04-2013 09:11 AM

nm. it's the standard kit lens. normal price.

edit: alright, I guess they fixed it, and it IS the power zoom

edboogie 02-04-2013 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laidbacklarkin (Post 57351998)
terrific price..this cam is worth its weight in gold

If you know anything about cameras, would you get this over DMC-GX1?

sacobowl 02-04-2013 09:52 AM

Lens is a power zoom it's the only way the x series is bundled

TLCB 02-04-2013 10:05 AM

this is weird, I believe the GF3X come with the smaller/shorter 14-42 "X" lens? the picture showing the standard lens.

edboogie 02-04-2013 10:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLCB (Post 57353550)
this is weird, I believe the GF3X come with the smaller/shorter 14-42 "X" lens? the picture showing the standard lens.

He states this is a GF3X but in the specifications it is listed as: DMC-GF3KR

edboogie 02-04-2013 10:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sacobowl (Post 57353170)
Lens is a power zoom it's the only way the x series is bundled

In the specs they listed, it says DMC-GF3KR

edboogie 02-04-2013 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edboogie (Post 57354294)
In the specs they listed, it says DMC-GF3KR

Just spoke to Buydig, they are not sure which camera they are selling. Will post later with which camera they are selling.

pointbob 02-04-2013 10:52 AM

insanely good deal if this is power zoom..WOW..

https://panasonic.ca/english/audi...Q_1JaV9Lng

fyu 02-04-2013 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edboogie (Post 57354836)
Just spoke to Buydig, they are not sure which camera they are selling. Will post later with which camera they are selling.

lol. that certainly doesn't help their rep.

sacobowl 02-04-2013 11:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fyu (Post 57354938)
lol. that certainly doesn't help their rep.

You guys are gonna miss a really good deal look at the images and description it's clearly a x camera with power zoom lens

henny 02-04-2013 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sacobowl (Post 57355210)
You guys are gonna miss a really good deal look at the images and description it's clearly a x camera with power zoom lens

But look at the image gallery and specs and it's clearly NOT the X lens.

They really screwed up the listing. Who knows what they'll end up shipping??

TLCB 02-04-2013 11:17 AM

The image gallery does showing the X lens, I emailed them via ebay to confirm about the lens. I will jump on this if this is a X-lens. Perfect birthday gift.

Edit: they just changed the picture in the description of the listing. And also say its a GF3X in the description listing. I really hope it will come with X lens.

eternal10 02-04-2013 11:28 AM

In the Box

DMC-GF3X Camera
Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER ZOOM O.I.S. Lens
Battery Charger/AC Adapter
Battery Pack
Body Cap
Video Cable
USB Connection Cable
AC Cable
Shoulder Strap
Software CD-ROM

krnxb0yx 02-04-2013 11:29 AM

IMO, GF5X for 415.99 is a way better deal. Improved sensor.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic...3a7dffa304

laamourlamorgue 02-04-2013 11:42 AM

I bought it,

Can sell the lens for around the price of purchase, and selling the camera body will be pure profit.

And if it's not the power zoom, I'm covered by ebay buyer protection for return shipping, so all good.

Nate650 02-04-2013 11:48 AM

CNET review [cnet.com]

MephistoMyHero 02-04-2013 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laamourlamorgue (Post 57356476)
I bought it,

Can sell the lens for around the price of purchase, and selling the camera body will be pure profit.

And if it's not the power zoom, I'm covered by ebay buyer protection for return shipping, so all good.

Looking at Ebay, selling the lens will get you about 240 or so and the body abut 120 or so, so after fees, you'll make about $70'ish maybe. Not too bad, but too much hassle especially now that they are selling many more kits with X lenses now.

cz9h3d 02-04-2013 11:59 AM

I own a GF3 with the 14-42mm X lens. I bought a used (like new) G3 about 4 months ago, and haven't touched my GF3 since. I use to roll my eyes at all the comments regarding the need for a viewfinder, but always pick up my G3 rather than my GF3 now. I even take it out of full auto on occasion!!

Still - a great price for the package, and a very cost-efficient way to enter the world of interchangeable lens cameras, with something that is quite small.

edboogie 02-04-2013 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLCB (Post 57355706)
The image gallery does showing the X lens, I emailed them via ebay to confirm about the lens. I will jump on this if this is a X-lens. Perfect birthday gift.

Edit: they just changed the picture in the description of the listing. And also say its a GF3X in the description listing. I really hope it will come with X lens.


No, it still says: Catalog #: PNDMCGF3KR MFG Part #: DMC-GF3XR. Those are two different cameras. Also, look under the specifications. They are listing the same camera but with different lenses. Big difference in price. GF3XR>>> GF3KR

cire1184 02-04-2013 12:56 PM

Can anyone confirm the actual camera and lens that comes in this kit yet?

Edit: Looking at the catalog number it only shows as a model/catalog/item number for BuyDig. I feel like they are just using that as a number for BuyDig catalog and not the actual model number from Panasonic. Take this with a grain of salt no actual confirmation.

idealistix 02-04-2013 01:09 PM

I had this combo and did not like it and sold it on craigslist. The camera sensor is outdated and very noisy. The powerzoom lens is very convenient, but the image quality is not good. Read reviews for several reports of issues with the lens at telephoto settings.

jnthornh 02-04-2013 01:16 PM

This is a good price, but note that the camera is an older model and is really surpassed by the Panasonic GX1 or the Olympus E-PM2/E-PL5. The GX1 itself is about to be replaced too, to give you some perspective.

What makes this an interesting deal is the X lens, which collapses to a very small size and sells for about this price on its own. Unless you're specifically interested in that lens and using it on other cameras in the future, I would probably avoid the GF3 at this point.

xy1 02-04-2013 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jnthornh (Post 57359318)
This is a good price, but note that the camera is an older model and is really surpassed by the Panasonic GX1 or the Olympus E-PM2/E-PL5. The GX1 itself is about to be replaced too, to give you some perspective.

What makes this an interesting deal is the X lens, which collapses to a very small size and sells for about this price on its own. Unless you're specifically interested in that lens and using it on other cameras in the future, I would probably avoid the GF3 at this point.


Good point. Thanks

norazi 02-04-2013 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krnxb0yx (Post 57356098)
IMO, GF5X for 415.99 is a way better deal. Improved sensor.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic...3a7dffa304


IMHO, as someone who has owned both... its not that big a difference between the 3 and the 5. if you are going to pony up an extra $100+ for the 5 vs the 3 for the added low light performance I would rather just go with a NEX-5N

mikedaley 02-04-2013 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edboogie (Post 57354836)
Just spoke to Buydig, they are not sure which camera they are selling. Will post later with which camera they are selling.

Exactly. Tells volumes about this seller. Look at their feedback: 376 negatives within the last year - 44 of them within the last month......no thanks I'll take my chances buying one on the street corner over these fraudsters....

fyu 02-04-2013 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikedaley (Post 57360246)
Exactly. Tells volumes about this seller. Look at their feedback: 376 negatives within the last year - 44 of them within the last month......no thanks I'll take my chances buying one on the street corner over these fraudsters....

they also have 8863 positive feedback in the last month, 68920 positives in the past year, and still maintain a 99.5% feedacbk.

PuzzleFighter 02-04-2013 02:03 PM

I've got the GF3, it's a good camera but he flash is super weak if you are thinking you'll use it with that ability. If this is the power-zoom lens, definitely sell that and pick up either the original 14-42 or just go for the 20mm and be happy.

flatlight 02-04-2013 02:12 PM

If size is not a concern, I'd rather get the G3 kit for $300 from BH (not sure if they have it at tihs price anymore). It's a bit bigger but much more featured. They also have the G3 body for $250 and a used body for $200. Here's the size comparison

http://www.imaging-resource.com/P...FRNT-S.JPG

Roy2001 02-04-2013 02:27 PM

Is there a X lens review?

henny 02-04-2013 02:28 PM

I had this camera and returned it.

If you want interchangeable lenses then why do you want a "dumbed down" body without viewfinder or hot shoe? If I want compact then I also want pocketable like RX100 or nearly pocketable like LX7.

I also didn't like the touch screen. Touchscreens are OK for phones but not for cameras. I don't want a fingerprint smeared screen on a camera!!

I think this camera fits a real strange niche market.

llblwskydrgn 02-04-2013 02:49 PM

Really tempted to get it... I have a GF3, but only the 14mm pancake at the moment. I guess I could sell off the extra body.

joshua28 02-04-2013 02:50 PM

This or the Nikon V1?

PSORngr 02-04-2013 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joshua28 (Post 57361672)
This or the Nikon V1?

I've got this one and really like it. One of the big differences between the two is sensor size. Nikon ILC's have a 1" sensor. Panasonic and Olympus make micro 4/3 cameras (4/3" sensor).
Panasonic and Olympus lenses are interchangeable since they are both m4/3 (though Panasonic uses lense stabilization while Olympus uses body stabilization, IIRC). You can buy other lenses for any of these systems and use an adapter but you won't be able to use things like auto-focus and power zoom on them.

mikedaley 02-04-2013 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fyu (Post 57360454)
they also have 8863 positive feedback in the last month, 68920 positives in the past year, and still maintain a 99.5% feedacbk.

Then you by all means, my friend, be my guest and send them your money. I hope for your sake you are not one of the unlucky ones....

samsen 02-04-2013 03:27 PM

I need a good still camera for video recording.
I'll wait for a deal on GH3 Panasonic that is the Best known.

sc2 02-04-2013 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikedaley (Post 57362400)
Then you by all means, my friend, be my guest and send them your money. I hope for your sake you are not one of the unlucky ones....

I think the ratings are sometimes blown out of proportion. I've bought from those guys many times before, and while 5% unsatisfied consumers is not a horrendous number (you also have to look at the comments of why they gave the negative mark), you also have to keep in mind that if I'm happy with the purchase I may or may not leave feedback, if I'm unhappy I will make damn sure I do - that can skew numbers even further.

If the only reason you're withholding a purchase of a good deal is 5% negative feedback, it's just silly. I mean you have every right to, but it's silly.

debonas 02-04-2013 03:32 PM

Not to kill the party, but I have owned 2 versions of the GF- series cameras which I bought thinking they are convenient over SLR and pocketable etc, but I realized I have been fooling myself . Neither they are pocketable nor convenient. I would rather carry a SLR which I have or get a PS like RX100. Finally got a RX100 and happy.

samsen 02-04-2013 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flatlight (Post 57360732)
If size is not a concern, I'd rather get the G3 kit for $300 from BH (not sure if they have it at tihs price anymore). It's a bit bigger but much more featured. They also have the G3 body for $250 and a used body for $200. Here's the size comparison

http://www.imaging-resource.com/P...FRNT-S.JPG

I thought it was raised to $350. LINK [bhphotovideo.com]

G3 has the advantage of Viewfinder additionally.

But I'll wait to see a good deal on GH3 panny.

the4aileys 02-04-2013 03:33 PM

I seen 3 of these at our local WM on clearance for 210.00, just dont need another camera..

intence01 02-04-2013 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debonas (Post 57362708)
Not to kill the party, but I have owned 2 versions of the GF- series cameras which I bought thinking they are convenient over SLR and pocketable etc, but I realized I have been fooling myself . Neither they are pocketable nor convenient. I would rather carry a SLR which I have or get a PS like RX100. Finally got a RX100 and happy.

I'll probably get flamed, but agree 100%. When you put on a zoom lens (or anything besides a pancake) it's not even remotely pocketable. If I'm taking a camera back with me, then I might as well grab a small SLR, and have access to my existing lenses. Otherwise RX100 is good for throwing in your pocket (I don't own one ... yet).

I have no doubt that these would product excellent image quality, but you have the negatives of a smaller sensor, while still not being pocketable.

Having said all that, this is a good price, and m43 IMO is probably the dominant mirrorless standard at this point.

debonas 02-04-2013 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by intence01 (Post 57363658)
I'll probably get flamed, but agree 100%. When you put on a zoom lens (or anything besides a pancake) it's not even remotely pocketable. If I'm taking a camera back with me, then I might as well grab a small SLR, and have access to my existing lenses. Otherwise RX100 is good for throwing in your pocket (I don't own one ... yet).

I have no doubt that these would product excellent image quality, but you have the negatives of a smaller sensor, while still not being pocketable.

Having said all that, this is a good price, and m43 IMO is probably the dominant mirrorless standard at this point.

Absolutely agree from image quality and other goodies they offer.
I own a Nikon D7000 and a range of lenses, ballhead, L- plate etc.
I was looking for a alternate (to SLR ) and a pocketable camera to carry with me.
So bought GF2 way back when released and paid hefty $600-ish. Then for the GH1 as well.

However, I saw little use of the babies as I would still carry a big bag with me always which is a little smaller than my 2-lens, 1 flash SLR bag. So finally took the plunge with RX100 3 months back.

Other negative with these cameras and lenses is, the little to no re-sale values. If you see the way the price of these cameras and lenses drop, they quite become a non-performing asset in no time. I could not sell my Panasonic gear. Otherwise you get good re-sale on Nikon or canon lenses.

If you are looking for long term investment, then I would look elsewhere as you will slowly build a parallel MF3 equipments in addition to your SLR.

Uvs 02-04-2013 04:32 PM

I want the lens but it's too much of a hassle selling the body on ebay. Good deal though.

cdog90260 02-04-2013 04:43 PM

how does this compare to the OMD?

warlock110 02-04-2013 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdog90260 (Post 57364278)
how does this compare to the OMD?

no IBIS, sensor is not as good (it's 2 gen old, the 16MP from panasonic is newer and the OMD sensor is even better than that).

deshwasi 02-04-2013 04:55 PM

i have heard enough of the RX100 & DSLR crap in this thread. if you dont understand or feel the need for mirrorless step out of this thread. this is a very good deal to get a compact mirrorless camera and/or lens.

hmmwv 02-04-2013 05:01 PM

This is a crazy deal, the lens alone is worth more than 200 bucks! In 4 1

dQn 02-04-2013 05:28 PM

damn this is a sweet deal. i should order it for the lens alone

tqlla3k 02-04-2013 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joshua28 (Post 57361672)
This or the Nikon V1?

I have a Nikon V1, which I bought last month. So far, I am pretty disappointed. Not sure if its the DSLRs that I normally use, or if the quality is just bad.

IMO, indoor details are smudged, and the pics are pretty noisy.... even with my SB-N5 flash. I am pretty bummed. I wonder if this would be better. I am probably going to put my V1 on ebay.

jeremyg5 02-04-2013 06:02 PM

What is the zoom for the lens?

hmmwv 02-04-2013 06:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremyg5 (Post 57365868)
What is the zoom for the lens?

14-42mm.

DKDogz54 02-04-2013 06:22 PM

Thinking about buying this and selling my gf2 kit, with 14-42mm and 14mm pancake lens. Will this kit be a good replacement as far as portability and quality?

jeremyg5 02-04-2013 06:27 PM

The multiple reviews calling it blurry is scaring me off.

BigCTM 02-04-2013 06:28 PM

Ty the 18.5 lens first. Best indoor low light lens for the V1...

Quote:

Originally Posted by tqlla3k (Post 57365702)
I have a Nikon V1, which I bought last month. So far, I am pretty disappointed. Not sure if its the DSLRs that I normally use, or if the quality is just bad.

IMO, indoor details are smudged, and the pics are pretty noisy.... even with my SB-N5 flash. I am pretty bummed. I wonder if this would be better. I am probably going to put my V1 on ebay.


fyu 02-04-2013 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdog90260 (Post 57364278)
how does this compare to the OMD?

it's about $600 cheaper.

hmmwv 02-04-2013 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremyg5 (Post 57366418)
The multiple reviews calling it blurry is scaring me off.

I would highly recommend reading professional reviews, which are generally positive about this camera.

grazhoppa 02-04-2013 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by intence01 (Post 57363658)
I'll probably get flamed, but agree 100%. When you put on a zoom lens (or anything besides a pancake) it's not even remotely pocketable. If I'm taking a camera back with me, then I might as well grab a small SLR, and have access to my existing lenses. Otherwise RX100 is good for throwing in your pocket (I don't own one ... yet).

I have no doubt that these would product excellent image quality, but you have the negatives of a smaller sensor, while still not being pocketable.

Having said all that, this is a good price, and m43 IMO is probably the dominant mirrorless standard at this point.

To each his own. I had a DSLR and haven't touched it for several years. I ended up giving it to my sister. It's simply too bulky. For 99% of the consumers out there, owning a DSLR is pointless. We are simply amateurs and don't really know how to use it. I needed a camera compact enought that I can take it with me along w/ a laptop in a bag pack and at the same time take good low light pictures and video. The GF5 I bought from Newegg serves both purposes.

cire1184 02-04-2013 06:56 PM

This will be my first semi-pro/non point and shoot camera. Mostly, this lens is very tempting because of its compact size. What would be a good body to upgrade to once I get bored or grow out of this body?

zapatista 02-04-2013 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roy2001 (Post 57361106)
Is there a X lens review?


Here's a decent one (non c-net).

http://www.photozone.de/olympus--...14423556hd

travfar 02-04-2013 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grazhoppa (Post 57366526)
The GF5 I bought from Newegg serves both purposes.

I used to think that of my mirrorless cameras. But since I got my RX100, I find my mirrorless cameras pretty much unneeded. The RX100 is pocketable and a match in quality.

FatPigs 02-04-2013 08:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremyg5 (Post 57366418)
The multiple reviews calling it blurry is scaring me off.

It's only blurry if you don't shoot well. If you're firing off shots with low shutter speeds, then you got a problem.

Quote:

Originally Posted by DKDogz54 (Post 57366304)
Thinking about buying this and selling my gf2 kit, with 14-42mm and 14mm pancake lens. Will this kit be a good replacement as far as portability and quality?

It's the exact same thing as the GF2 except you lose a mic (so it's mono), slightly more curvy and smaller body, and minor negligible differences. You might as well just save up for a better body with an up to date sensor or better lenses.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cire1184 (Post 57367008)
This will be my first semi-pro/non point and shoot camera. Mostly, this lens is very tempting because of its compact size. What would be a good body to upgrade to once I get bored or grow out of this body?

Currently, Panasonic is leaning towards DSLR shaped bodies, whereas Olympus is sticking with compact retro styled cameras. Either one is good depending on where your priorities lie (Panasonic usually better for video, Olympus for stills).

This is likely to change sometime within the next few years with the release of the Panasonic GX2 and Olympus' yet to be announced cameras.

LuckXIII 02-04-2013 08:04 PM

guys, the rx100 is a better camera almost hands down when compared to a kit lens gf3. Better sensor, better lens, pocketable, but comeon it's $600 vs $279 I mean when you pay that much more you can start talking about aps-c dslrs, sony nex series, what lenes you can get etc so really it's not a fair comparison.

If your buying this camera you should want it because you want something with better image quality than almost all point and shoot cameras in the market without having the lug around the size of a dslr. Your paying for portability with some image quality in mind. Either this to you is the perfect marry, or the worst bastardization you can ever have.

For anyone who's thinking about what is comparable, closest thing is the EPL series from Olympus which with this deal in mind, is still more expensive than this GF3, however it does offer a few nicer features.

pointbob 02-04-2013 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by travfar (Post 57368046)
I used to think that of my mirrorless cameras. But since I got my RX100, I find my mirrorless cameras pretty much unneeded. The RX100 is pocketable and a match in quality.

what do you do when you want a wide angle or zoom shot? can you remove the lens and put another one on?

joshua28 02-04-2013 08:21 PM

I know the pictures are good, but how's the video on this camera? I compared the video samples to the Nikon V1 and looks like V1 has better quality. Any thoughts?

LuckXIII 02-04-2013 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pointbob (Post 57368802)
what do you do when you want a wide angle or zoom shot? can you remove the lens and put another one on?

fixed lens, harking back to the days of rangefinder era cameras.

navoid 02-04-2013 08:39 PM

I'd like to add my 2 cents here. I bought a gf5 with the power zoom on a recent deal and got it at 400. I also bought a panasonic lx7 for 300 and tried them both out. The gf5 is going back this week. The lx7 is the keeper.

Here's what I learned in the last few weeks about these cameras. I loved shooting with gf5, but the pictures just didn't wow me unless they were in broad daylight. Anytime I was indoors without flash, I felt underwhelmed. The lx7 was great indoors and great outdoors. I produced my favorite pictures with the gf5, but this was under optimal conditions only.
The video on the gf5 was worse than my iphone 4s. Yeah I know that doesnt go along with the reviews, and it surprised me too, but they just looked grainy. I only ever shot video in mp4 1080 30p, and daylight or indoors, it always looked worse than the lx7.

I loved the bouncy flash, it can make it so seems like your indoor flash shots look like they are taken outdoors in great sunlight, IF you get a lucky shot and smaller room to bounce your flash.

I debated keeping the gf5 (because it was so fun to shoot with), and trying out a different lens, like the sigma deals this last month. But I dont want to spend 600+ dollars to try and up the photo quality of this camera.

oldlady 02-04-2013 08:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cire1184 (Post 57367008)
What would be a good body to upgrade to once I get bored or grow out of this body?

Giraffe?

TheOldDude 02-04-2013 09:08 PM

Black is sold out. 3 Red ones left.

joshua28 02-04-2013 09:47 PM

Sold outtt

kenchar 02-04-2013 10:01 PM

PNDMCGF3KK = 14-42mm Standard Lens
DMCGF3XK = PZ 14-42mm


I wonder what they actually shipped.

Anyone scheduled for delivery tomorrow?

ronproctor 02-04-2013 10:03 PM

Lovin' my GF5 - wish I had X lens
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by navoid (Post 57369272)
The lx7 was great indoors and great outdoors. I produced my favorite pictures with the gf5, but this was under optimal conditions only.
The video on the gf5 was worse than my iphone 4s. .

I have the GF5 with the two Sigma lenses that made it to front page and with the Sigmas, it is an amazing camera. My pics even in low light are far far far from grainy. Not sure how you got it to shoot in 1080 30p because I think it only shoots 1080p 60i. In no way have my videos been anywhere close to an iPhone. They have been sublime. This is where Panasonic shines in my oppinion.

I can see what you are saying if you didn't get the crispness and such and I respect that you are giving your two cents and reporting your experience. I am only trying to do the same from another viewpoint in order to help people who may be looking into this camera.

One thing I do wish is that I could have the X lens because then the camera would fit in my pocket, but I found a great $50 lenscap lens that I am going to try in that regard.

Micro 4/3 is not for everyone, but it can be a ton of fun. They are pretty niche. I for one look at my GF5 as a video camera that can take great stills. I one day hope to have a high-end DSLR that I will consider my still camera that can also take video.

Hope this helps.

hmmwv 02-04-2013 10:10 PM

People who get onto this deal is mostly for the X lens, otherwise last week's Newegg GF5 $300 deal is pretty good too. I already have a GF3 so I'm only buying this to get the lens, the body will go straight to eBay.

ca51580520 02-05-2013 12:02 AM

damn already out of stock on buydick

MephistoMyHero 02-05-2013 01:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by navoid (Post 57369272)
The video on the gf5 was worse than my iphone 4s. Yeah I know that doesnt go along with the reviews, and it surprised me too, but they just looked grainy. I only ever shot video in mp4 1080 30p, and daylight or indoors, it always looked worse than the lx7.

Here's a video shot on a GF2 (older camera but similar quality of a GF5):

http://vimeo.com/27110129

My wife has a iPhone 4S and no way does it match the GF2 that I have in terms of video or pictures. I'm just saying...

cire1184 02-05-2013 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by FatPigs (Post 57368424)
Currently, Panasonic is leaning towards DSLR shaped bodies, whereas Olympus is sticking with compact retro styled cameras. Either one is good depending on where your priorities lie (Panasonic usually better for video, Olympus for stills).

This is likely to change sometime within the next few years with the release of the Panasonic GX2 and Olympus' yet to be announced cameras.

Thanks for the info!

FatPigs 02-05-2013 03:38 AM

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Originally Posted by MephistoMyHero (Post 57373302)
Here's a video shot on a GF2 (older camera but similar quality of a GF5):

http://vimeo.com/27110129

My wife has a iPhone 4S and no way does it match the GF2 that I have in terms of video or pictures. I'm just saying...

To add to this, you can hack the GF2/3 to use higher bitrates. Nowhere near the GH2/3 and not actual 1080p, but nowhere close to an iPhone. :lmao:

Still a bit clumsy as a video camera due to its limitations and it functions pretty much on full auto.

Here's a clip for the GF3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ryd0sZbys

tqlla3k 02-05-2013 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by BigCTM (Post 57366456)
Ty the 18.5 lens first. Best indoor low light lens for the V1...

I dont want to spend any more money on the 1 series. With the flash and 30-110mm lens, I have too much invested in the camera already. I love the video, but there is not enough detail in the pics, and the images are too noisy. I am using Photoshop Elements ACR to process the pics.

I missed out on this deal. I will have to wait for the next one.

navoid 02-05-2013 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by ronproctor (Post 57370876)
I have the GF5 with the two Sigma lenses that made it to front page and with the Sigmas, it is an amazing camera. My pics even in low light are far far far from grainy.

Do you think the Image quality and camera quality will improve alot if I get the Sigma lens. So far with the kit lens, I'm not impressed enough to keep it. But I'd love to keep it, because I like the weight and feel of using it.

Is the camera pocketable(or purseable) with a Sigma lens?

Comparing the video quality to an canon S100 I had briefly, and Lx7 which I have now- the Gf5 left me wanting, but maybe a new lens could change all that? I'm really looking for a reason to make this camera a keeper.

tqlla3k 02-05-2013 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by navoid (Post 57378670)
Do you think the Image quality and camera quality will improve alot if I get the Sigma lens. So far with the kit lens, I'm not impressed enough to keep it. But I'd love to keep it, because I like the weight and feel of using it.

Is the camera pocketable(or purseable) with a Sigma lens?

Comparing the video quality to an canon S100 I had briefly, and Lx7 which I have now- the Gf5 left me wanting, but maybe a new lens could change all that? I'm really looking for a reason to make this camera a keeper.

The Nikon V1 has great video quality. But the IQ left me wanting more. I am not sure if I am just expecting too much.

If anyone in Northern VA wants a black V1 instead of their Panasonic GF3x.... let me know :)

kenchar 02-05-2013 02:45 PM

Has anyone had theirs delivered? If so...what did they send.

medfreak 02-05-2013 03:20 PM

Delivary will be tomorrow for me

cire1184 02-05-2013 04:09 PM

Looks like tomorrow for me too.

ronproctor 02-05-2013 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by navoid (Post 57378670)
Do you think the Image quality and camera quality will improve alot if I get the Sigma lens. So far with the kit lens, I'm not impressed enough to keep it. But I'd love to keep it, because I like the weight and feel of using it.

Is the camera pocketable(or purseable) with a Sigma lens?

Comparing the video quality to an canon S100 I had briefly, and Lx7 which I have now- the Gf5 left me wanting, but maybe a new lens could change all that? I'm really looking for a reason to make this camera a keeper.

My favorite thing I did was get the Sigma lenses. B&H is an awesome company and those two lenses at $200 truly is a "slick"deal. With that said, I love the 30MM so much that I end up keeping it on all the time. I saw it on its own for $149 on eBay I think it was... I don't know if it would be worth paying $150 to you or not for one lens when it is $100 each in the B&H deal. But for me, I am really happy with the Sigma lenses. They are "fast" as they say with a low Fstop and they are so crisp. I read that they are the best lenses (not only for the money, but all round) for the Sony NEX and I can certainly see why on my Panasonic. I think you would love them, but this does put your whole setup in the $500 range and it is always a tough call because the Cannon T3 is in that range...

For putting in a cargo pocket, it is definitely possible with 30 Sigma, but I have to admit that it still is bigger than I thought it would be. In my mind, the 14MM lens would be amazing, but I don't have that kind of money to shell out. You could easily put the 30 Sigma on your GF5 and toss it in a purse or small bag though without worry!

One other thing that I adore about the GF5 that you can't get with point-and-shoot is I have purchased some $15 adapters and I can now put my friend's Cannon and Pentax lenses on my camera. I bought some amazing old lenses too that take pics on full manual (no auto when they are adapted with a cheap metal adapter), but the quality is on par with any of my friends with T4i Cannons and even beyond that.

Good luck!

medfreak 02-05-2013 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by ronproctor (Post 57390994)
My favorite thing I did was get the Sigma lenses. B&H is an awesome company and those two lenses at $200 truly is a "slick"deal. With that said, I love the 30MM so much that I end up keeping it on all the time. I saw it on its own for $149 on eBay I think it was... I don't know if it would be worth paying $150 to you or not for one lens when it is $100 each in the B&H deal. But for me, I am really happy with the Sigma lenses. They are "fast" as they say with a low Fstop and they are so crisp. I read that they are the best lenses (not only for the money, but all round) for the Sony NEX and I can certainly see why on my Panasonic. I think you would love them, but this does put your whole setup in the $500 range and it is always a tough call because the Cannon T3 is in that range...

For putting in a cargo pocket, it is definitely possible with 30 Sigma, but I have to admit that it still is bigger than I thought it would be. In my mind, the 14MM lens would be amazing, but I don't have that kind of money to shell out. You could easily put the 30 Sigma on your GF5 and toss it in a purse or small bag though without worry!

One other thing that I adore about the GF5 that you can't get with point-and-shoot is I have purchased some $15 adapters and I can now put my friend's Cannon and Pentax lenses on my camera. I bought some amazing old lenses too that take pics on full manual (no auto when they are adapted with a cheap metal adapter), but the quality is on par with any of my friends with T4i Cannons and even beyond that.

Good luck!

Excuse me as i'm just moving from point and shoots to this level of photogrophy, but which lens would you prefer, the sigma 30mm or the pz 14mm that comes with this camera? I am hoping for good performance in indoor / lower light situations and for out door hawaii beach vacation pictures. I know probably different situations require different lenses and i need some guidance.

Thanks!

cyen 02-05-2013 06:02 PM

Received. It's GF3X.

SdFat 02-06-2013 02:42 PM

Received the two, black and red, both came with the PZ lenses mounted (no caps for lens rear and body sensor). Both body and lens are made in japan.

I made briefly two test shots with the PZ lens mounted on my G5, no blur issue so far. However, the edges are blurry like all kit lenses (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic...) except Panasonic 14-45 which has virtually no blurry edges and will be kept by me forever.

ronproctor 02-06-2013 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by medfreak (Post 57391576)
Excuse me as i'm just moving from point and shoots to this level of photogrophy, but which lens would you prefer, the sigma 30mm or the pz 14mm that comes with this camera? I am hoping for good performance in indoor / lower light situations and for out door hawaii beach vacation pictures. I know probably different situations require different lenses and i need some guidance.

Thanks!

If you can, get the 14mm-44 X lens kit. Sigma 19 and 33 pair from BHPhoto rock as stand alones.

hmmwv 02-07-2013 05:57 PM

Got it yesterday as they overnighted it, looks great and the image quality is roughly the same as my GF2 with 14-42mm standard lens, but much, much more compact.

medfreak 02-07-2013 07:17 PM

Got it. It's the gf3x. I have to say i took some pictures with it, and they left me wanting. I am a horrible photogropher, but i expected that at the very least, the iA+ mode would be better than an iPhone 5 in indoor / neon lighting situation, but iti isn't, heck my cybershot sony dsc-wx9 was taking similar pictures....

I'm not sure if i wanna keep it...


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