Panasonic GF3X with X Vario PZ 14-42mm OIS lens - £376.95 - £326.95 after cash back! @ UK Digital
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Panasonic GF3X with X Vario PZ 14-42mm OIS lens - £376.95 - £326.95 after cash back! @ UK Digital

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Found 11th Apr 2012
This one is for those who appreciate a compact quality optically stabilised and video optimised zoom lens. Maybe £127 more than the other current GF3 offers but the lens is worth £320 on its own!

In fact the best you could get a GF3 body and the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens for, including the cash back of £50 on each is about £400 so this is a hot offer. Listed as £525 on Amazon!

Also great for those with a G2, G3, GH1, GH2 as you get a great additional lens for your existing camera and a almost free compact body! Being a HD lens means it is optimised for vido so pairing with a GH1/GH2 is ideal to reduce weight rather than carrying the 14-140mm lens.

Also available in red and white body versions.

Cash back link here lumixlifestyle.co.uk/cas…-g/
3 Year warranty link here lumixlifestyle.co.uk/war…-g/

28 Comments

Original Poster

A review of the X lens is here.

A side by side comparison of the standard 14-42mm lens and the X lens shows the advantage, especially when used on a compact body like the GF3.

As can be seen the X 14-42mm is as slim as the 20mm pancake!
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Edited by: "HotBot" 11th Apr 2012

Original Poster

Already the cold voters are out but there is no better price (by a long way) for this deal!

If there is let me know and I will cancel my own order and use their deal!

Great price. Cheapest you can get the lens alone is £289
camerapricebuster.com/Pan…tml

Not the best supplier though.
Edited by: "SaltyCDogg" 11th Apr 2012

A couple of weeks ago I made an order on the srsmicrosystem website (GF3 + X 14-42 lenses at £399). It was a good deal but the camera was out of stock. Then I came across this offer. I cancelled the srs one and I bought this one instead (£369 + £7.95 shipping cost - £50 cashback).

Hot for me!
Edited by: "larrydeer" 11th Apr 2012

Original Poster

SaltyCDogg

Not the best supplier though.


What problems have you had? I ordered mine at 11:00 and received a Royal Mail tracking number at 11:45!

good deal! would have gone for this if I hadn't bought the standard 14-42mm kit already. if anyone else is in the same boat as me, you can also get the vario g x lens on ebay for about £250.

Nice, wish I could justify it.

HotBot

What problems have you had? I ordered mine at 11:00 and received a Royal … What problems have you had? I ordered mine at 11:00 and received a Royal Mail tracking number at 11:45!



Actually I take that back, I was putting them in the same boat as all the other suppliers offering 3 or 5 year warranties with similar websites which are usually grey imports and dodgy customer service.

Hmmn. Wish I hadn't seen this offer.

a lot of money for the level of low light performance youre getting ... last gen sensor combined with not that bright (high aperture) zoom lenses isnt great (for this price) .. IMHO the olympus equiv. is far better low light wise

i take the point though of the compact nature of the lens

Original Poster

hyenadog

a lot of money for the level of low light performance youre getting ... … a lot of money for the level of low light performance youre getting ... last gen sensor combined with not that bright (high aperture) zoom lenses isnt great (for this price) .. IMHO the olympus equiv. is far better low light wise



Which Olympus are you referring to? In most cases the body only would be worth more than this offer! The lens aperture is standard for the range of zoom on offer but in a size half that of anything else. The low light performance of the GF3 is better than the older GF2 and is comparable with other micro four thirds cameras. An Olympus E-P3 may have slightly better high ISO performance but the body only is £550 so can't be compared with this offer.

As pointed out, for those with a micro four thirds camera, the offer is worth it for the lens alone.

hyenadog

a lot of money for the level of low light performance youre getting ... … a lot of money for the level of low light performance youre getting ... last gen sensor combined with not that bright (high aperture) zoom lenses isnt great (for this price) .. IMHO the olympus equiv. is far better low light wisei take the point though of the compact nature of the lens



I'm not sure if you're referring to an Olympus lens or body as I can't think of either that apply, the Olympus cameras in this price category are using exactly the same sensor (the Olympus cameras offer slightly better high iso but not much) and they don't have any faster zoom lenses nor do they offer stabilised video. The GF3 PZ package is a compromise but it means you can have a zoom lens in your pocket and unlike the Nikon PZ lenses, the Panasonic lens automatically extends and retracts.

I've been using the GF3 and PZ lens since they came out and find it's a very handy combination particularly for video as the pancake lenses lack stabilisation (the Olympus IS can't be used for video and the Olympus bodies can't use the IS in the PZ lenses as there's no lens switch so it defaults to off) so when I'm out and about with the non-video capable D700 the GF3 in my pocket can capture video saving me from having to use up a slot for the GH2. To counter the poorer low light performance I stick the superb little 20mm F1.7 in another pocket as it takes up little space and means I can quickly change between the two giving a good mix of capabilities. Yes, I wish the GF3 had a better sensor but it's the smallest package of its type and that's what I need from it as alternative solutions are just too big.

John
John

Great price for the kit so heat for that but I'd be torn - this lens seems to have some soft focus "characteristics". BUT it's so small, and pocketable, and stabilised, that it's certainly worth considering. And there's no competition either.

But the lens itself is available for 239 (289 minus the cashback) from SRS so the price comparison is perhaps a little rosy

HotBot

Which Olympus are you referring to? In most cases the body only would be … Which Olympus are you referring to? In most cases the body only would be worth more than this offer! The lens aperture is standard for the range of zoom on offer but in a size half that of anything else. The low light performance of the GF3 is better than the older GF2 and is comparable with other micro four thirds cameras. An Olympus E-P3 may have slightly better high ISO performance but the body only is £550 so can't be compared with this offer.As pointed out, for those with a micro four thirds camera, the offer is worth it for the lens alone.



I would add that the GF3 has a later generation sensor to the GF2 and G2 which reviews say is better in low light.

However, if it's good low light performanance in a CSC you need I would look at Sony NEX.

John Mason

I would add that the GF3 has a later generation sensor to the GF2 and G2 … I would add that the GF3 has a later generation sensor to the GF2 and G2 which reviews say is better in low light.However, if it's good low light performanance in a CSC you need I would look at Sony NEX.



The GF3 doesn't have a later generation sensor, it's exactly the same as the GF2 and G2 sensor (as well as the G1, GF1 and most of the Olympus cameras) although it uses a new processor. It is technically a bit better in low light in terms of less noise but there's still a noticeable softness, the 16MP multi-aspect ratio sensor in the GH2 and the 16MP sensor in the GX1 and GF3 are quite a bit better but the GX1 isn't as small or cheap as the GF3.

The Sony 16MP APS-C sensor used in the current NEX cameras is superb (also used in the Nikon D7000 and the Pentax K-5) but while the NEX bodies are very small, it doesn't have any small lens options bar the super wide 16mm pancake. There is no compact version of the 18-55mm nor is there is a compact wide aperture normal lens like the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 pancake. Which is all a shame because with a set of pancake primes it would be a superb system but as it is, the system is quite bulky.

John

Edited by: "Johnmcl7" 11th Apr 2012

Original Poster

Mine arrived with the post this afternoon. Full UK model as expected.
Battery charged and a few indoor (as it is raining outside) shots taken and it seems very good.
This has to be a real bargain buy as the compact zoom lens is half the size of the normal 14-42m offering and is ideal for video.
Now I can't decide wether to keep the X lens on my GF3 or on my GH1 as the GF3 seems quite nice to use!

Don't forget you have to claim the 3 year warranty separately from the cash back claim!
Warranty here and cash back via here.
Edited by: "HotBot" 12th Apr 2012

Anyone fancy uploading some sample pics please...

SaltyCDogg

Great price. Cheapest you can get the lens alone is … Great price. Cheapest you can get the lens alone is £289http://camerapricebuster.com/Panasonic__14-42mm_f3.5-5.6_Lumix_G_X_ASPH._O.I.S_pc.htmlNot the best supplier though.



Well you can get £50 off that lens too... so you could say you get the lens for £240 - making the GF3 body £86 which is good, but standard to what is available at the moment (i.e. you get the GF3 for £60 equivalent to best lens price with the 14mm pancake)

Original Poster

You can get the X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens for £240 after can back but even if you get the body only GF3 it is £150 after cash back or £200 with 14mm lens.

Therefore this offer is still the best for anyone wanting this camera and the X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens.

I am not sure why this deal is not hotter as it is a real bargain for those who know what they are getting...... but maybe thats the problem!

Original Poster

Already received my £50 cash back from Panasonic! Even before I have even received my credit card bill so this worked out well for me!

Any suggestions for a case to hold just the camera itself? My wife is looking for something to keep it in and offer a little protection while in her bag so just a soft case that would be just big enough to fit the camera in would be ideal. Any advice or pointers would be appreciated.

Great camera incidentally; the standard 14-42mm zoon lens is huge by comparison and doesn't make it very portable. I bought the one with the 14mm prime lens first but wife wanted one with zoom and the 14-42mm lens was just too large (I bought the G2 recently from Amazon too also a fantastic camera which I found offers slightly better pictures in lower light that the GF3). Still pondering whether to keep the 14mm prime lens and just sell the body or sell the entire thing.

billymac

Any suggestions for a case to hold just the camera itself? My wife is … Any suggestions for a case to hold just the camera itself? My wife is looking for something to keep it in and offer a little protection while in her bag so just a soft case that would be just big enough to fit the camera in would be ideal. Any advice or pointers would be appreciated. Great camera incidentally; the standard 14-42mm zoon lens is huge by comparison and doesn't make it very portable. I bought the one with the 14mm prime lens first but wife wanted one with zoom and the 14-42mm lens was just too large (I bought the G2 recently from Amazon too also a fantastic camera which I found offers slightly better pictures in lower light that the GF3). Still pondering whether to keep the 14mm prime lens and just sell the body or sell the entire thing.



I would suggest a Crumpler Jimmy Bo 200 if you can find one.

John Mason

I would suggest a Crumpler Jimmy Bo 200 if you can find one.



Many thanks John; I'll look into that.

Sorry to disagree but I think the Jimmy Bo 200 is (much) too big if all you want to do is keep the camera with the collapsible lens in there. I have it, and the GF3 (admittedly with the pancake lens) and just tried it to make sure and there's a lot of wasted space. I can even fit a GH1 (same size as a G2) with a pancake lens, or the GF3 with the normal 14-42 zoom in it.

I like Crumpler bags (I have 4) but the material isn't very flexible so it can't really be squashed down either.

Unfortunately I haven't got an alternative suggestion, yet, but I thought I'd give you a heads up

pjk

Sorry to disagree but I think the Jimmy Bo 200 is (much) too big if all … Sorry to disagree but I think the Jimmy Bo 200 is (much) too big if all you want to do is keep the camera with the collapsible lens in there. I have it, and the GF3 (admittedly with the pancake lens) and just tried it to make sure and there's a lot of wasted space. I can even fit a GH1 (same size as a G2) with a pancake lens, or the GF3 with the normal 14-42 zoom in it.I like Crumpler bags (I have 4) but the material isn't very flexible so it can't really be squashed down either.Unfortunately I haven't got an alternative suggestion, yet, but I thought I'd give you a heads up



Agreed, it would suite the standard zoom better. I also agree that the material is quite stiff which is a good thing when you need your camera protected.

Original Poster

billymac

Any suggestions for a case to hold just the camera itself? My wife is … Any suggestions for a case to hold just the camera itself? My wife is looking for something to keep it in and offer a little protection while in her bag so just a soft case that would be just big enough to fit the camera in would be ideal. Any advice or pointers would be appreciated.



I have the Lowepro Apex 60 AW and it fits the camera with the compact x lens (or 20mm pancake) just fine. I doubt you can get any smaller!

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-dtvz-hWL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Original Poster

Here is a size comparison for those interested between this camera and others.
http://www.rc-heli.co.uk/styled-4/files/p1000775.jpg

damn, wish I hadnt seen this deal - now I'm seriously thinking of buying one!
to OP: Would you say the GF3X is pocketable? it seems very small but probably still wouldn't fit into a jacket pocket:|
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