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Q:

The Best Small Cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

I'm looking to upgrade my camera, but I don't want to lug around a heavy—and pricey—DSLR. What are my options?

A:Panasonic’s GF5 is a good entry-level camera in this class; because it’s been on the market for almost a year, you may find discounts at half the retail price listed below. The GF5 comes with a very compact lens, which makes it easy to slip into the front pouch of a backpack. The rubber grip helps keep it steady in less-than-optimal conditions, and the high-res touchscreen and MP4-format video mode make it easy to share HD video files.

Continuous Speed: 4 frames per second
Sensitivity: ISO 12,800
Weight: 9.42 ounces
Lens System: Ships with a 14-42mm lens. Fits the numerous lenses in the Micro Four Thirds Standard, and has an adapter for other lenses.
Price: $599

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