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

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
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1800 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
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
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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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
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recommendations

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
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        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
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Focus points Few focus points Help
        23
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        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

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        competitors

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $419 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,399 with 14-42mm lens

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $748 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-GH3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $898 body only

        $1,329 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-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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $576 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $449 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

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        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,100 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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