Updated (September 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Samsung NX200

59

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX200

Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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

Items often bought with the Samsung NX200 or Panasonic DMC-G3

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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
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
108 lenses vs 55 lenses
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Around 2x more lenses available
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
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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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3.1 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
117×63×36 mm vs 115×84×47 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
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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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-G323
              NX20015
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-G3460k dots
              NX200614k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              NX200618 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $109 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $579 body only

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX1100

              Samsung NX1100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 - $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 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-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Samsung NX200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $370 with 20-50mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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