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  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

    Posted on September 7th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Panasonic GF3 is a highly capable compact interchangeable lens camera with excellent image and video capture capability. The Panasonic GF3 is great camera for beginners that have been using point and shoot cameras and wish to upgrade to a DSLR. The GF3 has a lot to like about it. The GF3 is small really easy to use, capable of producing excellent images and has user friendliness in mind.

    The Panasonic GF3 includes a 14-42mm zoom lens.  It also has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.5, making the GF3 perfect for use in low-light conditions and easier to blur the background to help emphasize the main subject. In good light, shutter lag is 0.3 second, 0.6 second in low light. Flash recycling time is 1.6 seconds which is still pretty good and continuous shooting rate is a 3.9fps. The camera also includes a popup flash which is embedded above the lens. The GF3 also captures HD video. You can record up to 1080/60i videos in the AVCHD format.

    Items Included:

    •  Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Lens
    •  Front and Rear Lens Caps
    •  Battery Charger
    •  Battery Pack
    •  Battery Case
    •  Body Cap
    •  Hot Shoe Cover
    •  Shoulder Strap
    •  AV Cable
    •  USB Connection Cable
    •  Stylus Pen
    •  Software CD-ROM

    The GF3 is a good choice for a light and compact camera that is versatile and considered a hybrid between DSLR and point and shoot.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition Camcorder

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition CamcorderThe Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sub $600 camera that really seems to be an excellent deal. This one is at the cheaper end but that doesn’t always mean that you lose out in terms of performance. This is a entry level camcorder but as far as we can see it certainly doesn’t miss anything on technology. The Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sleek black unit that thankfully has refrained from the red stripe around the lens, and is not too heavy on the branding and writing which is a definite improvement. The unit is small and neat and follows the standard format of most camcorders.

    The Panasonic HDC-TM20K has 16x optical zoom function, and the quality of images captured on zoom is excellent and clarity is not lost. One of the best features of the Panasonic HDC-TM20K HD camcorder is the iA (intelligent auto) mode. When this mode is selected, the camcorder automatically selects the optimal settings to produce the best video quality. This camcorder has the standard OIS technology, which means that any shake of the hand is compensated for and the picture adjusted to make sure this is not noticed on playback.

    This is a camcorder that will appeal most to the home use. The quality of the HD videos is very good, accompanied by crisp and clear audio. The lens cap is built in and opens when the unit is switched on, which again is a nice touch and means there is nothing separate to lose. For the money and quality we recommend the Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition Camcorder.

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28K Best Camera For A Low Price

    Posted on February 3rd, 2009 Staff Writer

    At 42nd Street Photo, we always try to offer the best possible price on digital equipment, but more importantly, we try to offer the best brands for the price your paying. It definitely helps when the manufacturer makes a fantastic product for a good price, and this is most certainly the case with the Lumix DMC-FZ28k from Panasonic.

    While Panasonic is is no stranger to quality and affordability, the Lumix DMC-Fz28k packs a little extra for the money you’ll spend on it. Everyone knows that Canon makes a fine digital camera, but many have hailed the Lumix as the better buy over it’s direct Canon competitor, the SX10 IS. It is said to be faster, lighter, brighter, and on top of that, it shoots movies in HD, while its Canon counterpart does not.

    In the DSLR world, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28k has it where it counts, and doesn’t add any fluff. Compared to its predecessor, the FZ18, it offers 10.1 megapixels, versus the FZ18′s 8.1 mp. The HD movie capture is an improvement, as well as its wide angle capabilities, zoom range and quality.

    While many might view the upgrade from the 18 to the 28k a natural progression, we view it simply as building on something that already exceeded our expectations.

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ50K- A Camera for Everyone

    Posted on July 26th, 2008 Elliot

    When it comes to everyday photography, the Panasonic DMC-FZ50K Digital camera is a great choice. With its instant power-on capability, you can now take pictures with ease at any moment.  Consumers will surely enjoy the easy switching between autofocus mode and manual focus to bring even fast-moving subjects into sharp focus. The rotating LCD screen of this camera is a stress reliever, especially while taking high and low angle shots.  

    Customize the DMC-FZ50K just the way you want, and start capturing the most memorable moments. The flip animation mode is an amazing feature with which the user could string all their favorite moments and make them into short video clip. The image will be clear and sharp even if you unexpectedly shake the camera. I was astounded by the stunning quality pictures delivered by the camera’s superzoom lens, while focusing distant subjects. The sturdy grip of the DMC-FZ50K digital camera gives you a strong hold of the camera during trekking trips or any outdoor shooting. The hotshoe is a boon to the photographers while shooting at night, as they can add an external flash for unexceptional clarity. The screen is large enough, which is pleasing to the eye while composing and playback. You can find more information about this camera in 42nd street photo.