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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size
Really small
Standard size 115x84x47 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 293 ms vs 423 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Size Significantly smaller 115x84x47 mm vs 124x90x74 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 667 ISO vs 493 ISO
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The DMC-G3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.8 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 56.0 vs 53.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Thickness Much thinner 1.9" vs 2.9"
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Around 40% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.6 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Cheaper $319.89 vs $916.19
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The best price we've seen is $596 cheaper (2.9x less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 2.6 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 336 g vs 416 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G2

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 390 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 21.2 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times 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
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              DMC-G2:10.3 EV
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G3:21 bits
              DMC-G2:21.2 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G3:56.0
              DMC-G2:53.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G3:15.8 MP
              DMC-G2:12 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,027 body only

              $1,499 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 with 20mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $587 with 14-45mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $639 body only

              $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Thickness Thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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