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

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Nikon D3100

43

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

38

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 EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$350 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 body only

$393 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen size Much smaller screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$591 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Touch screen No touch screen

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.