Updated (May 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Nikon D5100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Nikon D5100

55

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size
Really small
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Thickness
Thin
1.9"
Weight
Light-weight
336 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$435 body only

$388 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$389 body only

$390 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$390 - $597 body only

$300 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$725 body only

$590 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$594 body only

$681 - $733 with 12-32mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Weight Heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$575 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Size Larger

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:12 PM, April 18, 2012)
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Johan (9:06 PM, April 18, 2012)
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