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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

52

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

49

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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

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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
115×84×47 mm vs 124×90×76 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1800 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
293 ms vs 336 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3"
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Around 40% thinner
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Slightly longer battery life
320 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G321 bits
              DMC-GH121.6 bits
              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-GH112 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              DMC-GH111.6 EV
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G356.0
              DMC-GH164.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $590 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-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 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-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $535 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-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $899 with 45-150mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,290 - $1,498 body only

              $1,900 - $2,744 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Size Larger

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