Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Camera With 20mm f1.7 Asph Lens - £349.95 @ Jessops (Instore)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Camera With 20mm f1.7 Asph Lens - £349.95 @ Jessops (Instore)

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Found 8th Apr 2011
This is a clearance price for a well-regarded micro-four-thirds digital camera with a price that is £50 less than the previous best. It is out of stock for mail order delivery. I checked near me and there is one in stock in Colchester.

You get a free 8" digital photo frame with this camera

Quidco and TCB cashback is 4%.

The 20mm lens sells for £265 on its own.

12.1 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
The DMC-GF1's 4/3-type Live MOS sensor with 12.1-megapixel gives you the high image quality. It also adds a high-speed readout for HD movie recording. The Dust Reduction System helps maintain image quality by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the sensor.

Venus Engine Processor
The advanced Venus Engine HD processor incorporates two CPUs. This does not only boost image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. Also, it allows long-time movie recording in AVCHD Lite while maintaining low power consumption.

HD Movies with Intelligent Auto (iA) and HDMI connectivity
The DMC-GF1 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound quality of Dolby Digital Creator. Motion JPEG format is also available (1,280 x 720 pixels). Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Motion Picture P Mode, the aperture can be adjusted easily. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-GF1 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV's remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

3.0" 460,000 dot LCD Monitor
Gives you a Full-time Live View of what you're shooting, with approx. 100% field of view.

Advanced shooting and creative features
My Color Mode makes it easy to customize colour effects to match your favour. The Peripherical Defocus Mode automatically adjusts the focus to match the AF area while gently defocusing to emphasize the subject. The iA Mode, featuring Face Recognition function, serves as a combination of functions that makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos.

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Original Poster

hotukdeals.com/dea…783 is an earlier thread when it was £400

dpreview.com/rev…asp is a detailed review from 2009. The downsides are that the 20mm lens has no image stabilisation, and to get an optical viewfinder, you have to pay extra for an addon. However, the review makes this comment:

... once you attach the wonderful 20mm F1.7 pancake it becomes something … ... once you attach the wonderful 20mm F1.7 pancake it becomes something special; an unobtrusive creative tool that you can carry anywhere, and one that's capable of superb photographic results.


camerapricebuster.co.uk/pro…tml has a graph of the price history for this camera and lens. camerapricebuster.co.uk/pro…tml shows the prices for the 20mm lens on its own.

If you can't find stock from Jessops, it is £369.97 direct from Amazon amazon.co.uk/exe…94G
Edited by: "ahenry" 8th Apr 2011

Seems a decent price for a decent camera, although it does have an SLR price without being one.

Tempted for me Orlando hols in late Sept, but more expense I don't need ! My Sony W290 will have to do.

This is really an awesome deal. None in stock near me (Berks/London) and I had just ordered one from Amazon at the slightly higher price. The lens alone is being sold for not much less than this online in places that have stock.

In terms of it being an SLR price but not an SLR it's worth considering that most of the cheaper SLR kits come with pretty poor/slow lenses and this 20mm is almost a must-have for any m4/3 user, even at the £260-300 mark.

The video capability is decent too though the lack of image stabilisation is a bit of a shame. But for stills this lens is fast so that even in low light you probably wouldn't need IS most of the time.

I think the "dream" for an unobtrusive, take-anywhere, excellent quality camera would be an Olympus Pen E-P1 or 2 that has IS inbuilt with the Panasonic 20mm lens on the front. With a bit of ebaying the sections you don't need from each kit you could get it for a great price.

And one last thing, in a year or two when the camera itself will be worth next to nothing, this lens will still have quite a bit of value to it.

Edited by: "pjk" 8th Apr 2011

pjk

I think the "dream" for an unobtrusive, take-anywhere, excellent quality … I think the "dream" for an unobtrusive, take-anywhere, excellent quality camera would be an Olympus Pen E-P1 or 2 that has IS inbuilt with the Panasonic 20mm lens on the front. With a bit of ebaying the sections you don't need from each kit you could get it for a great price.



I tired that combo - it's just too big. The GF1 too.

Kept the lens. Might get a GF2 at some point.

furq

I tired that combo - it's just too big. The GF1 too.



Really? To each their own and all that.

I like it (E-P1) more than any other "small" camera I've owned. The pictures are superb and rarely need anything done in post.

It's certainly not a point and shoot size but then, the pictures don't look P&S either. My Nikon DSLR looks and feels absolutely massive in comparison so I suppose it's all relative. The Nikon is gathering dust now...

Looks like the deal is off the Jessops website now anyway, but still available from Amazon.

Now £703.81 (no typo) on Amazon, from Amazon themselves! And it's out of stock. Weird pricing.

PhilK

Seems a decent price for a decent camera, although it does have an SLR … Seems a decent price for a decent camera, although it does have an SLR price without being one.

No, it is not a DSLR - it is better than a DSLR. Without the mirror, there is more space for the lens, resulting in better quality especially at short lenses like this one.

That being said, the lens is certainly overpriced (not unlike the analog Leice M6). It is the four third equivalent of a normal lens, and the much bigger ones for SLRs cost around 100 pounds. Give me the same kit with a 10mm lens, and you get something extraordinary - but this lens gives you a very common view angle.
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