Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

57

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

37

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size
Really small
Standard size 115x84x47 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 56.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1400 ms
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3.5x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.8 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 252 ms vs 293 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 667 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $372.99
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The best price we've seen is $173 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size Smaller 115x84x47 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 336 g vs 530 g
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Around 40% lighter
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 2.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              T2i:17.9 MP
              DMC-G3:15.8 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T2i:Pentamirror
              DMC-G3:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T2i:11.5 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T2i:1
              DMC-G3:0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i:3.7 fps
              DMC-G3:4 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $449 body only

              $500 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 - $831 body only

              $1,799 - $1,900 with 12-35mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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