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

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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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Size Significantly smaller 115x84x47 mm vs 124x90x76 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $372.99 vs $1,439.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,066 cheaper (3.9x less)
Thickness Much 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
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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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 11.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.7 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
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G3:21 bits
              DMC-GH2:21.2 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              DMC-GH2:11.3 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G3:56.0
              DMC-GH2:60.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              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-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
              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-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-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,200 body only

              $2,700 - $2,887 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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