Updated (May 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$287 body only

$398 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II)

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Weight Heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$300 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$433 body only

$540 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

discussion

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