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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Really small
Size
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2.

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
Significantly less shutter lag
293 ms vs 423 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Size
Significantly smaller
115×84×47 mm vs 124×90×74 mm
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Around 50% smaller
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.6 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 2.9"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 416 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$432.89 vs $916.19
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The best price we've seen is $483 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
390 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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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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
              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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              DMC-G210.3 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G321 bits
              DMC-G221.2 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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-G212 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G356.0
              DMC-G253.0
              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-G2493 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $650 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              $536 - $548 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $280 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-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $675 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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