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

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
 

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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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 293 ms vs 670 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.8 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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 $435.86
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 667 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.3 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
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 336 g
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More than 10% 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
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G3:$319.89
              NEX-5:$435.86
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-G3:23
              NEX-5:25
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G3:15.8 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $485 - $669 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 much heavier
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $278 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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              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-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $639 - $698 body only

              $746 - $748 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 Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              $420 - $430 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $809 with 18-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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