As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is also often compared to pro digicams and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GX7 and the Lumix DMC-GH2) and Samsung (such as the NX200 and the NX300)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 55 lenses).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200
similar age

Significant advantages of the NX200 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12 MP
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the NX200 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX200 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×63×36 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 264 g

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
3 months newer
$832 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.8 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • No touch screen
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the J1 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • Significantly thicker: 2.2" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Light weight: 402 g vs 264 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
8 months older
$1,195 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×90×76 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and DMC-GF3

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

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1
1 year older
$280 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL1 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL1 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the E-PL1 and DMC-GF3

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×72×42 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
3 years newer
$523 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF7 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF7 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-GF7 and DMC-GF3

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses and is significantly less expensive ($359.00 vs $2,041.61).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.8 fps vs 10 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (320 shots vs 350 shots) and is older (june 2011 vs june 2012).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

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

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-GF3)

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-GF3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 320 shots
  • Inexpensive: $403.11 vs $359.00

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
9 months older
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-GF3)

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

common strengths of the G12 and DMC-GF3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 320 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
similar age
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X10 and DMC-GF3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 320 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 320 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-GF3)

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

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DMC-GF3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 320 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 60 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the G16 and DMC-GF3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 320 shots
  • Long exposures: 250 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a touch screen, has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11), is much smaller (compact (108×67×33 mm) vs prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (264 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D3300 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 264 g
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $359.00

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
9 months newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D3200 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
similar age
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-GF3)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Compact (108×67×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D5100 and DMC-GF3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $372.11 vs $359.00