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sturner333 Jun 24, 2013 6:11 PM

Older model
I can get a new LUMIX DMC-GF3 for $280. I am interested in the mirror less cameras. Would this be a good deal and starter

SIMON40 Jun 24, 2013 6:25 PM

What do you plan to shoot..? As for price... couldn't really say- living in the UK...
Is this with a lens- or body only..?

sturner333 Jun 24, 2013 6:37 PM

With lens

sturner333 Jun 24, 2013 6:38 PM

I'm just looking for something better than point and shot but not as big as slr

BBbuilder467 Jun 24, 2013 8:57 PM

The GF3 was considered a very basic, consumer friendly model with either the 14-42 or 14mm f/2.5. It lacks the hotshoe and manual control system that most users prefer if they intend to advance. $280 is a good price, but not spectacular.

The GX1 is currently selling for $199 at Adorama as body only. Add a 14-42 lens and you'd have a lot more advanced camera for just a little more than the GF3.

There are always deals on m4/3 with kit lenses for @$300. GF3, G3, Olympus EPL-2, EPM-2, etc.

If you want a nice little compact with 1 or 2 lenses the GF3 would be fine, but if you intend to advance or get more serious, you'd be better off to start with a GX1

SIMON40 Jun 25, 2013 4:05 AM

sturner333- you say "better than a point and shoot"....
Are we talking in terms of IQ ? Operational speed ? AF speed/accuracy ?
Do you need a specific amount of zoom.... which brings in the possibility of additional lenses- adding cost and bulk to the whole scenario...

If you don't need zoom beyond the standard kit lens offered by most interchangeable lens camera's,perhaps consider a fixed lens camera with a bigger sensor....
Sony's RX100 or Canon's G1X maybe...?
If size is an issue,Nikon's V1 might be worth a look(or the J1 if you want to swap the viewfinder for an in-built flash...). It offers good IQ,great performance and a very effective image stabilizer(on the 10-30mm kit lens).

If,however,you would be adding to your kit in the future, one of the 4/3 systems makes sense- simply because there are more lens/accessory options offered than other mirrorless systems...

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