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

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Nikon D3100

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Thickness
Thin
1.9"

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

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Battery life Much longer battery life
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$450 body only

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thicker

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$700 with 17mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$770 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$472 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Significantly larger

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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.