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

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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
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

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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$675 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$377 body only

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Color depth Better color depth
Size Larger
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$714 body only

Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
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.