Panasonic DMC-G3K digital camera - thumbs up!

I've always been a lazy point and shoot photographer.  Portable, low-cost and easy to use, I can take (almost) as many photos as I want and delete the bad ones.  I've also taken my fair share of photos with smartphones (e.g. Apple iPhone) and as the saying goes "the best camera is the one that you have with you." However, as my kids have gotten older, the limitations of point-and-shoot have become more pronounced:

  • My kids play sports and my current cameras take photos too slowly resulting in blurry and cropped photos
  • Also sports related, my current cameras don't have enough zoom to get close to the action
  • I find myself using my HD camcorder less and less these days (too cumbersome to carry) and instead taking short video snippets with my cameras which are low quality

As a result, I decided to purchase a new camera.   My first thought was a SLR camera since that's what the pros use but they can be big, heavy, expensive and complicated.   The Micro Four Thirds Standard cameras were appealing since they offered portability, high photo quality, interchangeable lenses and relatively low cost.   I looked at several manufacturers including Panasonic since I own the Panasonic DMC-TS1 waterproof point and shoot and I've been very happy with it.

I decided to purchase the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3K in bright red.   I purchased the Panasonic telephoto lens and Lexar Professional 133x 64GB SDXC storage.  So far, I'm impressed with the camera which also has a "intelligent automatic" mode which can be activated from a single dedicated button that shines bright blue.  I'm still getting to know the camera and its features and I'll post pictures to my Picasa account in the coming weeks.