Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Winner
Nikon D3200

72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Size
Really small
Compact (108×67×33 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

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differences

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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4.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 3.5 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
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
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
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
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
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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
108×67×33 mm vs 125×96×77 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
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
$109.28 vs $289.00
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (2.6x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              D32001
              DMC-GF30
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $350 - $448 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
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $381 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $494 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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