Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Smaller
107x67x32 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
320 shots vs 310 shots
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$133.00 vs $495.00
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The best price we've seen is $362 cheaper (3.7x less)
Weight
Lighter
264 g vs 318 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
703 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
55.0 vs 50.0
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10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
259 ms vs 312 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
20.8 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.

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