Updated (July 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Really small
Size
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
Light-weight
Weight
336 g
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Size
Significantly smaller
115×84×47 mm vs 124×90×76 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 444 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$432.89 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $366 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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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
11.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
273 ms vs 293 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G321 bits
              DMC-GH221.2 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              DMC-GH211.3 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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-GH215.9 MP
              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-GH260.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              DMC-GH2655 ISO

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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-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-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-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,340 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger

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