Updated (May 2011): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Nikon D3100

33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

28

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size
Really small
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$299 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$325 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$368 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$460 body only

$580 - $598 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$150 body only

$264 with 14-42mm lens

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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Avatar for Tai Shy Tai Shy (1:43 PM, July 14, 2011)
Hi Dave, hope this isn't too late for you, but in my opinion the touch focus is really a great bonus, but minor in what the camera can do!! Hopefully you will be able to find other uses for ICLs !!
 
Low budget Dave (7:46 PM, May 23, 2011)
I am planning to get the g3 because of the touchscreen focus. For me that outweighs the superior IQ of the d3100. It seems like a close call.