The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1MP Interchangeable Lens Camera is 55% off today thanks to Amazon’s deal, bringing down the price from $699.95 to only $314! It’s a great option for those who don’t want a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, but still want all of its features!

It has al 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 for those just starting out in their photography journey. The 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 allows for it to be lighter and smaller.

And unlike the complicated external mode dials of traditional DSLRs, this camera provides an 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. There’s also 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.

Its 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. The 12-Megapixel Ultra Compact System Camera has multiple lens options including 3D Still Lens.

Kristie Bertucci

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