Panasonic G3 16MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm Lens £199.99 (Argos Online and instore)
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Panasonic G3 16MP Compact System Camera with 14-42mm Lens £199.99 (Argos Online and instore)

£199.99Argos Deals
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Found 9th Jan 2014
This is a very good price, even though People keep mentioning Tesco and its silly clearance prices that most of us missed out on because of where we live.
So this will probably be voted Cold even though some people say wild goose chase :-(. Think the £30 one was a GF3 which is a different model. GF3 is a lower model without the built in digital viewfinder and the swivel tilt LCD screen.
So IMHO I think this is a great price that is currently still available online as well as instore.

Product description / spec

Great quality pictures and videos can be yours with the Panasonic G3. With an impressive 16 megapixels and wide ISO range, your pictures will be bright, clear and blur-free, even in poor lighting. Using the 3 inch LCD screen with live view, you can ensure your photos turn out perfectly every time, and you can upload them using the supplied AV and USB cables.

Product specification:
•16 megapixels.
•3in screen with LCD technology.
•Lens focal length 14 - 42mm.
•Optical image stabilisation.
•Continuous shooting up to 4 frames per second (JPEG).

Lens information:
•Zoom lens.
•Aperture f/3.5-5.6.
•Includes hood, lens caps.
•Lens weight: 165g.
•12 lenses available.

Features:
•Built-in viewfinder.
•Viewfinder can be attached.
•Optical.
• ISO range from 100 to 6400.
•1080i HD video capture.
•Video capture and playback with sound.
•Built-in flash.
•PictBridge compatible.
•Accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.

General information:
•Includes shoulder strap, AV cable and USB cable.
•Size: H11.48, W8.59, D6.09cm.
•Camera weight: 340g.

EAN: 5025232629718

41 Comments

Original Poster

G3
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GF3http://www.photographyblog.com/images/sized/images/uploads_ee1/GF3firmware12-550x374.jpg

Silly Picture:
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Cracking camera, not sure about current price, heated

Beat me to it - I just spotted this having paid 234.99 a couple of weeks ago.
Stock seems to be plentiful, it's pick up from store, and 6 months interest free if you use an Argos card.

Great camera too.

The tesco one was the same one as above because I bought one And it included a case and a 4gb card. However it was a one off and don't think you will get a deal like that again.

Original Poster

adamravat

The tesco one was the same one as above because I bought one And it … The tesco one was the same one as above because I bought one And it included a case and a 4gb card. However it was a one off and don't think you will get a deal like that again.



Okay I stand corrected and may I take this opportunity to offer you £35 quid for it? lol okay £40 and thats my last offer.

Looks good, now Amazon...please price match

Any discount codes for Argos by any chance?

Lol...I sold mine on eBay....put it this way it went more than what I paid for .....a lot more. It's a very decent camera and the the crazy price I got it was a rare one off.

is this better than Sony Alpha A3000 bought few days back for £157.

Whose voting this cold? Unbelievable....

Not a great price...

johndgrat

is this better than Sony Alpha A3000 bought few days back for £157.



I'd keep the Sony, it my have poorer screen and viewfinder but its cheaper and has a particularly excellent 20.1MP APS-C sensor for great image quality, considerably better than the one in this G3.

johndgrat

is this better than Sony Alpha A3000 bought few days back for £157.



Can I ask where you picked it up for £157? Great price

johndgrat

is this better than Sony Alpha A3000 bought few days back for £157.



depends on what you want it for, if you want it for taking pics with the lens you have plus a very limited number of other lenses in AF then the sony is amazing value for money (I have a nex5R and the A3000 will generate better pics due to better sensor) .. but the low res screen only becomes an issue on the A3000 IF you use old manual lenses on it (no AF) .. in this case all sony's are crap in this respect as they have no image stabilisation built in to the camera/no ability to set min shutter speed etc - in this case don't waste your time with Sony and get a Nikon/canon dslr - far better AF, in camera image stabilisation, huge lens choice .. the list goes on and on

£160 is an amazing amount of camera you have got and if you want to use it with the lens you have got or just add a kit AF/OIS zoom lens/AF portrait lens then you have a bargain and wont go far wrong.

Where the A3000/NEX/A7 fall down badly is on AF which is slow (compared to canon/Nikon dslr) in good light and awful in lower light .. the kind of situations it hates are kids jumping around indoors, low light school play shots, sports shots on dull days etc


hello
isn't the ois in panasonic in the lens?

hyenadog

depends on what you want it for, if you want it for taking pics with the … depends on what you want it for, if you want it for taking pics with the lens you have plus a very limited number of other lenses in AF then the sony is amazing value for money (I have a nex5R and the A3000 will generate better pics due to better sensor) .. but the low res screen only becomes an issue on the A3000 IF you use old manual lenses on it (no AF) .. in this case all sony's are crap in this respect as they have no image stabilisation built in to the camera/no ability to set min shutter speed etc - in this case don't waste your time with Sony and get a Nikon/canon dslr - far better AF, in camera image stabilisation, huge lens choice .. the list goes on and on£160 is an amazing amount of camera you have got and if you want to use it with the lens you have got or just add a kit AF/OIS zoom lens/AF portrait lens then you have a bargain and wont go far wrong.Where the A3000/NEX/A7 fall down badly is on AF which is slow (compared to canon/Nikon dslr) in good light and awful in lower light .. the kind of situations it hates are kids jumping around indoors, low light school play shots, sports shots on dull days etc



Interesting, sounds as though you know what you're talking about. How do you rate the G3 for the ' kids jumping around indoors, low light school play shots, sports shots on dull days' type shots as that's what I'll mainly be doing?

want the lumix g3 goin for £50 in "Selected"tesco stores
Edited by: "DeanoLfc5" 9th Jan 2014

nitramtterrag

helloisn't the ois in panasonic in the lens?

Correct.

lord_trumpington

Can I ask where you picked it up for £157? Great price

bought from sony outlet posted here .

LetoKynes

Any discount codes for Argos by any chance?

Did they ever existed?

toaster

I'd keep the Sony, it my have poorer screen and viewfinder but its … I'd keep the Sony, it my have poorer screen and viewfinder but its cheaper and has a particularly excellent 20.1MP APS-C sensor for great image quality, considerably better than the one in this G3.


thanks

This is a good CSC camera and an attractive price. Stock seems to be good too - all my local stores have stock.

However, it is now two generations old (G5 and G6 are out there) and probably another generation soon on its way. Obviously that doesn't affect the performance of this one at all and it's a great entry into the M4/3 CSC world but I don't think this kind of price reduction is at all unusual when stock is being cleared: eg my G2 was this price well over a year ago. So, a decent buy and I'll vote hot but don't kid yourself that this is some sort of giveaway price.

The G5 is £289 at Currys and Jessops. The G3 or G5 any thoughts on the better deal? I've read about the upgrades on the G5 but does that warrant another £90?

hyenadog

'IF you use old manual lenses on it (no AF) .. in this case all sony's … 'IF you use old manual lenses on it (no AF) .. in this case all sony's are crap in this respect as they have no image stabilisation built in to the camera/no ability to set min shutter speed etc - in this case don't waste your time with Sony and get a Nikon/canon dslr - far better AF, in camera image stabilisation'


The Sony A3000 and NEX series are excellent with old lenses, adapters for most brands being just a few quid and retaining full manual exposure control, while focusing is a doddle thanks to the excellent focus peaking in manual mode (neither feature available in Nikon or Canon entry level APS-C models). There is NO in-body image stabilisation on either Nikon or Canon DSLRs it's in the lens, just like Sony.

Wanting to buy a camera for taking pictures of the family this year - I dont want to spend a fortune - so I am tempted - just wondering if there is better out there for the 200 mark????

hyenadog

in this case all sony's are crap in this respect as they have no image … in this case all sony's are crap in this respect as they have no image stabilisation built in to the camera/no ability to set min shutter speed etc - in this case don't waste your time with Sony and get a Nikon/canon dslr - far better AF, in camera image stabilisation, huge lens choice .. the list goes on and on



I think you're a little confused here hyenadog (or possibly framing it confusingly)- Sony SLT cameras have image stabilisation in the body, canon SLR typically in the lens. So "All" might be a bit inaccurate. I guess you might be talking E mount and compact system cameras, which you're probably right about.

Great price, but look out for the "special offers" where you can buy a 16GB Sandisk 45MB/s card for £47 rather than the £16 that you would pay for the same card with a different label on Amazon!
amazon.co.uk/San…CG/

how does this compare to the Nikon 1 S1 for £199 at co-op electrical.

Very good camera for the price

Toonami

The G5 is £289 at Currys and Jessops. The G3 or G5 any thoughts on the … The G5 is £289 at Currys and Jessops. The G3 or G5 any thoughts on the better deal? I've read about the upgrades on the G5 but does that warrant another £90?



The G5 is much better to hold - far better grip on the body (plus the other upgrades, obviously).

clarkeyi

how does this compare to the Nikon 1 S1 for £199 at co-op electrical.



Bigger and better - hard to compare directly - it's down to what you want/need, eg do you need a viewfinder?

Can't believe the interest in this at £200...I sell the G6 body brand new for £260...(not an advert!!!)...it's easy enough to obtain that yourself for this price...

Just buy a 14-140mm+G6 kit...sell the 14-140mm for £350, claim the £100 cashback...

A G6 for £200.
The kit lens included here is crap anyway so your best off without it

robo989

Can't believe the interest in this at £200...I sell the G6 body brand new … Can't believe the interest in this at £200...I sell the G6 body brand new for £260...(not an advert!!!)...it's easy enough to obtain that yourself for this price...Just buy a 14-140mm+G6 kit...sell the 14-140mm for £350, claim the £100 cashback...A G6 for £200.The kit lens included here is crap anyway so your best off without it



What smaller zoom or prime would you recommend for the G3/G6 etc then?

afroylnt

What smaller zoom or prime would you recommend for the G3/G6 etc then?



Can't go wrong with the 14mm prime available for a £100 with a bit of hunting.
20mm is fantastic but bit pricey (costs as much as this deal).
I've moved on from the Panasonic M43 cameras (used to have a GF3, the G5 for a bit and a GH2 but now have an OMD) but still stick with the 14-140mm...obviously costs a bit.

I suppose the thing is that it's all well and good being in the position of "I have a semi decent camera", but with a 14-42mm kit lens...you don't have a "useful" semi decent camera


All in my opinion of course.
It's bulky, hardly any zoom, and awful light performance, might as well sell it for £50 and just get a 14mm panacake, it's more compact and the loss of zoom is hardly noticeable as the zoom range is so low to begin with. If you don't mind doing a bit of cropping later on etc.

The only reason it even has a zoom and supplied as standard kit lens is so it can say "I have a zoom", it's not going to sell too well against competitors (who are also in the same boat).

Anyway, yeah, all well and good the body of these cameras going cheap...
Might as well just get a bridge camera if you have no intention of coughing up the money for a decent lens down the line.
Edited by: "robo989" 10th Jan 2014

Can you get a Micro 4/3 camera with an equivalent 20x zoom, that's what i'd like. Oh yes and for £200 :-)

Ok, a question to the community. Ignoring price, this one or the Samsung Galaxy Camera?

I have the Samsung Galaxy Camera, good features, good wi-fi/3G for uploading pics but the image quality could be better. I am sure the G3 would beat in this department?

For 20x zoom: get a Sigma 600mm mirror lens ~£60, a 28mm old lens ~£15, adapter ~£10 and a cheap m4/3 camera from CEX ~£90.

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/404x303q90/62/cnab.jpg

This is the Sigma on a G3.

Here's Jupiter and some moons with my e-pm1 and mirror lens.

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Edited by: "zzzz" 10th Jan 2014

lord_trumpington

Ok, a question to the community. Ignoring price, this one or the Samsung … Ok, a question to the community. Ignoring price, this one or the Samsung Galaxy Camera?



Completely different things!

Depends whether you want a decent entry to serious photography or a (good quality) happy snap toy. Nothing wrong with the latter if it fulfills your needs but you can't compare it to a CSC like this. I really think you need to decide what you need/want first and then start looking at what's around to fulfill that need.

Besford

Completely different things!Depends whether you want a decent entry to … Completely different things!Depends whether you want a decent entry to serious photography or a (good quality) happy snap toy. Nothing wrong with the latter if it fulfills your needs but you can't compare it to a CSC like this. I really think you need to decide what you need/want first and then start looking at what's around to fulfill that need.



Thanks for your advice, was aware of the difference. My heart was after a decent CSC but as a Dad of two little'uns I kinda new that the practicalities of a CSC for family photography was always gonna be a challenge. So, with that I've opted for the Samsung Galaxy camera for a bargain price of £130. First impressions very favourable :-)
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