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

Sony NEX-5N vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
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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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
More lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$319.89 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $129 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
460 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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
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
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for 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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-G323
              NEX-5N25
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G315.8 MP
              NEX-5N16 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $466 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 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

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $250 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 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

              $376 body only

              $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-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $898 body only

              $1,330 with 20mm 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

              $916 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-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $600 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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