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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
293 ms shutter lag
 
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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 Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $319.89 vs $395.00
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (around 20% 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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
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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recommendations

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 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
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G3:$319.89
              NEX-5N:$395.00
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $431 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $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 much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              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

              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 Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $648 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-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 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-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,028 body only

              $1,499 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $639 body only

              $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Thickness Thicker

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $700 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 A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $420 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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