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

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Nikon D3100

45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$269 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$390 body only

$369 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$769 body only

$1,250 with 45-150mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Size Larger
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$591 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Size Larger

discussion

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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.