Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Mid size 116x68x39 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
310 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
116x68x39 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
259 ms vs 293 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Slightly lighter
318 g vs 336 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G3:$319.89
              DMC-GX1:$349.95
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G3:21 bits
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G3:56.0
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G3:15.8 MP
              DMC-GX1:16 MP
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G3:667 ISO
              DMC-GX1:703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $545 body only

              $781 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $520 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $222 body only

              $300 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 - $898 body only

              $1,550 - $1,899 with 12-35mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $319 body only

              $520 - $750 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $565 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $350 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support

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