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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm lens CNET rating:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm lens

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: Relatively compact for its class, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 delivers excellent performance and good-to-great photo quality.

The bad: It's missing features like a tilting LCD, EVF option, and stereo audio capability that some competitors offer.

The cost: $449.99 to $699.99

The bottom line: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 offers the type of performance and photo quality in a relatively small design many point-and-shoot graduates will like.

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