Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Nikon D3100

54

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

34

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Size
Really small
Mid size 113x68x33 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 54.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1000 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
279 ms vs 337 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
113x68x33 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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3.5x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 2.9"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Lighter
310 g vs 505 g
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Around 40% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF2's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3100:11.3 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3100:1
              DMC-GF2:0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3100:3 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3100:230k dots
              DMC-GF2:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

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