Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Leica M9 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Leica M9 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Winner
Leica M9

53

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Rangefinder
Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

differences

Advantages of the Leica M9

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Rangefinder vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
69.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
884 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The M9 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
18.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus
Autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$197.00 vs $7,406.15
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The best price we've seen is $7,209 cheaper (37.6x less)
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
310 g vs 585 g
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Around 50% lighter
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Size
Smaller
113x68x33 mm vs 139x80x37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              M9:230k dots
              DMC-GF2:460k dots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              M9:2 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              M9:11.7 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,250 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weight Heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,111 - $1,299

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 - $1,000 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Live view Has live view
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Leica M8

              Leica M8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $533 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth

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