Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Samsung NX200

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX200

Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1400 ms vs 3600 ms
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2.6x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
293 ms vs 365 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 36 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$319.89 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Samsung NX200

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
69.0 vs 56.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 15.8 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
117x63x36 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 336 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NX200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G3:$319.89
              NX200:$389.99
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-G3:23
              NX200:15
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-G3:460k dots
              NX200:614k dots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G3:667 ISO
              NX200:618 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $519 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $898 body only

              $1,441 - $1,799 with 12-35mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $795 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $686 body only

              $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Samsung NX200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $466 - $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $250 with 20-50mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $279 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Samsung NX200

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