Updated (July 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

103

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.67x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
20 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size
Really small
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.9"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,498 body only

$1,925 - $2,198 with 12-60mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$488 body only

$462 - $498 with 14-42mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Super zoom

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Focus points Slightly more focus points
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Battery life Longer battery life
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,000 with 14-42mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Battery life Longer battery life
True resolution Lower true resolution

discussion

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Keith (6:54 PM, August 10, 2013)
I own a G3 it will also shoot at 20fps at low resolution the same as the G5 at low revolution. Neither will shoot anywhere near at high resolution
Common weaknesses...G3 Large? G3 Thick?, come on!
What about build with the G3 alloy chassis?
 
Andy (8:28 AM, August 10, 2013)
Contrary to what is stated in this review neither camera has Image Stabilisation. No Lumix G-series camera body has Optical image stabilisation, as Lumix have opted to build OIS into (the majority) of their lenses, as opposed to the camera body. So in this respect all Lumix G cameras are equal, It is only when considering the lens supplied with the camera that the OIS becomes a factor, and it is only short focal length prime lenses that don't have OIS, and that's because they don't really need it.
 
Avatar for Simon Dixon Simon Dixon (7:27 PM, April 24, 2013)
Contrary to what is stated in this review, the DMC-G3 does have Lens Image Stabilisation