As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-G5 and the Lumix DMC-G2) and Olympus (such as the PEN E-PM1 and the OM-D E-M1)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out and slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), lacks and external mic jack and is older (may 2011 vs september 2011).

Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200
3 months newer

Significant advantages of the NX200 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the NX200 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • No touch screen
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the NX200 and DMC-G3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×63×36 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 336 g

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
similar age

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • No touch screen
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the E-PM1 and DMC-G3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
1 year newer
$864 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 20 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.8" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the DMC-G5 and DMC-G3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Light weight: 396 g vs 336 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
1 year older
$1,000 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the DMC-G2 and DMC-G3

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Light weight: 416 g vs 336 g
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
2 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 460k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-M1 and DMC-G3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • No touch screen
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DMC-G3

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 336 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.9"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is slightly smaller (standard size (115×84×47 mm) vs large (137×99×131 mm)), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, is thinner (1.9" vs 5.1") and is slightly lighter (336 g vs 780 g).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.8 MP vs 20.9 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 12 fps) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
1 year newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Longer battery life: 330 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-G3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
1 year older
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Significantly larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and DMC-G3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a touch screen, lets you preview your photos on the screen and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (15.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has much more startup delay (1400 ms vs 600 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
4 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 108 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 15.8 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and DMC-G3

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.9"

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D7200 and DMC-G3

  • None found

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the SL1 and DMC-G3

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
3 months older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the T3i and DMC-G3

  • Flip-out screens

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (standard size (115×84×47 mm) vs large (130×94×119 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (15.8 MP vs 7.1 MP), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (270 shots vs 330 shots), is older (may 2011 vs january 2016) and is significantly more expensive ($795.00 vs $213.49).

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Longer battery life: 330 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×94×119 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and DMC-G3

  • Have touch screens
  • Light weight: 616 g vs 336 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
4 years older
$457

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ8 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ8 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ8 and DMC-G3

  • Very small: Standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Very light: 340 g vs 336 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.9"

Nikon Coolpix L100

Nikon Coolpix L100
2 years older
$399

Significant advantages of the L100 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L100 (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L100 and DMC-G3

  • Very small: Standard size (110×72×78 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Very light: 360 g vs 336 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.9"

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
4 years newer
$229 - $237

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the PowerShot SX420 IS and DMC-G3

  • Very small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
  • Very light: 325 g vs 336 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.9"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a slightly longer battery life (270 shots vs 200 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,228k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 24 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has much fewer focus points (23 vs 315).

Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the A590 IS (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A590 IS (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the A590 IS and DMC-G3

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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7 years newer
$1,198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the DMC-G3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and DMC-G3

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 15.8 MP
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens