Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

79

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

51

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 77.0 vs 56.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 667 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life Much longer battery life 460 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 293 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 336 g
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Around 20% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        DMC-G3:23
        NEX-5N:25
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $304 body only

        $298 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 body only

        $439 with 14-42mm lens

        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $443 with 14-42mm lens

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $748 - $750 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $899 with 14-42mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $350 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $480 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen

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