Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Size
Really small
Compact 107x67x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 50.0
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More than 60% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 10.1 EV
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3.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 3.5 more bits of color
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-GF3
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 60% larger sensor
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 276 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Size Significantly smaller 107x67x32 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3.9x smaller
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3"
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2.4x thinner
Weight Lighter 264 g vs 505 g
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Around 50% lighter
Focus points Slightly more focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $149.99 vs $319.00
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The best price we've seen is $169 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3200:1
              DMC-GF3:0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $489 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $449 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $428 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger

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