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Old Jul 9, 2013, 8:32 PM   #1
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Today I almost bought a GF3 with the kit 14-42 lens, out of box, no charger, for $180.00. I passed to sleep on it, And to ask for input here. I don't need another camera, but this seems like a pretty good deal, or is it?

This is at Walmart.
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 1:30 AM   #2
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Today I almost bought a GF3 with the kit 14-42 lens, out of box, no charger, for $180.00. I passed to sleep on it, And to ask for input here. I don't need another camera, but this seems like a pretty good deal, or is it?

This is at Walmart.
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This camera does not have a socket for adding an EVF viewfinder. You may want to add one later and find out that you can't. You will be better of buying this for $100 more built in features with 1.5X cropped APS-C 20.3 mega pixel sensor, 1/8000 sec max. shutter speed. Check it out:

http://tech.woot.com/offers/samsung-....com#read-more

If you have Canon lenses: B&H has deal on the EOS-M for $299 and $349 depending on what lens option you choose.
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If size is no matter you can use a viewfinder (3x magnifying ---> makes 9" display, best view - noooo sunlight!) for EACH camera.
Fast removable (magnetic frame) - price $ 12.99

PS: for WCKSer's Samsung NX1000 (link) also is NOOOO EVF available !!!


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That's a good "dollar" value for a nice, pleasant micro 4/3.
 
I think the GF3 was intended to be a very "beginner friendly" model with no real physical controls, dials, buttons, hotshoe, etc. or for those who are very comfortable with the touchscreen. It has all the features, just not the physical controls.
 
It should be fine if you stayed with the kit lens or one of the pancake or small zooms, but if you intended to build a micro 4/3 system, there might be better first options.
 
The GX1 and G5 can be found in the $300-$350 range. They are a lot more advanced models.
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If size is no matter you can use a viewfinder (3x magnifying ---> makes 9" display, best view - noooo sunlight!) for EACH camera.
Fast removable (magnetic frame) - price $ 12.99

PS: for WCKSer's Samsung NX1000 (link) also is NOOOO EVF available !!!

Thanks for the correction! You do own one and I think you will agree that an APS-C sensor is more superior than a M4/3 sensor. For $100 more, the NX1000 may be a better buy. The V2 viewfinder for $13 is an a-must for shooting under strong sunlight.
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Thanks for the replies, guys! After much deliberation and reading your posts, combined with the fact I am about to turn into a camera collector (if I'm not careful), I decided to pass on this and if micro 4/3 ( or even the APS-C) compact mirrorless is in my future, I will go for a better model. I read where the sensor, while good, is not the latest, so I will save my cash for now. Thanks for helping me decide.
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You do own one and I think you will agree that an APS-C sensor is more superior than a M4/3 sensor. For $100 more, the NX1000 may be a better buy. The V2 viewfinder for $13 is an a-must for shooting under strong sunlight.
Nooooo ... you cannot compare APS-C and m4/3. BOTH are - depending of manufacturer - very
good sensors (in very good cameras). I have a lot (tooooo much) cameras with APS-C and m4/3.
What counts is total performance - and this is a factor made by user. I saw horrible pictures
made with (FF) Leica M9 and good pictures from cheap cameras.

Crying "greater=better" comes from people incapable to make good photos.

PS: Samsung cameras of course are VERY GOOD cameras! I have NX10, NX100, NX1000, NX300, GC100 :-) ... waiting for Galaxy NX for 50% of "senseless high" price.
For NX1000 (off. price € 599) I paid € 199.

Hehe, my Lumix GH1, G1, G2, G3, G5 also are excellent :-)))) ... but all together not so good like NEX7.

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