Recently, Amazon placed the Panasonic GF3 with 14mm f/2.5 lens on sale, selling the bundle for $314. I jumped at it because my wife was asking for a camera while I wanted the wide-angle lens. She wanted a camera like mine (an Olympus E-P3) but smaller. She's developed quite an eye for image quality since I upgraded to the micro four thirds system, often complaining about "not sharp/blurry" photos on Facebook. But she also can't be bothered to learn the finer points of photography, placing my camera on automatic whenever she borrows it. The GF3 sounded perfect for her.
I've probably just described a great many people: those looking for a small camera that does most of the shooting for them but also delivers better image quality than a compact or camera phone. If you're one of those people, you might want to consider the Panasonic GF3. Below is an unboxing. Full review coming soon!
For those of you who do know a thing or two about photography, you'll also probably know that the GF3 was universally panned as a step in the wrong direction from the beloved GF1. The hotshoe was removed, and the button layout was crippled. Basically much of what photographers loved about the GF1 was taken away.
I can guess why Panasonic did it though. They released a fancy new camera called the GX1 and placed all the bells and whistles in it. The GX1 is the spiritual successor of the GF1, a camera for serious enthusiasts. The GF3 meanwhile is probably meant for people like my wife, and from the first few days with it, I daresay it's perfect for them. I will tell you if I'm right after a few weeks of living with the camera.
On to the unboxing...
Pretty standard stuff so far. Not exactly the unboxing of a Leica camera, or an iPhone, eh?
The camera is small! And that pancake lens is tiny.
Here's the GF3 with the Panasonic 20mm lens.
And finally, here are some samples from the GF3 plus some samples from the 14mm lens on my E-P3.
|Shot this through a wet window on a rainy day.|
|Olympus Grainy Film art filter FTW!|