Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.6 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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
Thickness
Thin
1.9"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Significantly smaller 115x84x47 mm vs 124x90x76 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1800 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Thickness Much thinner 1.9" vs 3"
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Around 40% thinner
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 293 ms vs 336 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-G3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 336 g vs 430 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH1

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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
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 56.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 21.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 772 ISO vs 667 ISO
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The DMC-GH1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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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
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        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
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Focus points Few focus points Help
        23
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        DMC-G3:6,400 ISO
        DMC-GH1:1,600 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        DMC-G3:270 shots
        DMC-GH1:320 shots
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        DMC-G3:21 bits
        DMC-GH1:21.6 bits
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        DMC-G3:10.6 EV
        DMC-GH1:11.6 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        DMC-G3:56.0
        DMC-GH1:64.0

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        competitors

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 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-GH3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $798 body only

        $1,230 with 20mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,439 with 14-42mm lens

        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $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-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 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-G2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $899 with 14-42mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $279 with 14-42mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 - $3,298 body only

        $2,700 - $2,897 with 12-35mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $699 with 20mm lens

        Size Much smaller
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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