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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

49

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

42

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
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
259 ms vs 293 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
116×68×39 mm vs 115×84×47 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
310 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.95 vs $432.89
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The best price we've seen is $183 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G321 bits
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G315.8 MP
              DMC-GX116 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G356.0
              DMC-GX155.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              DMC-GX1703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $623 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $590 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $440 - $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 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-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $515 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $949 with 45-150mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

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

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