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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $293.89 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $136 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
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
Size Smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Shutter lag Slightly 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
Weight Slightly lighter 318 g vs 336 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G3:$293.89
              DMC-GX1:$429.99
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
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              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-G3:270 shots
              DMC-GX1:310 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G3:56.0
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $443 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-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $676 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 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-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $998 body only

              $1,428 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $645 - $1,215 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

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              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-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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