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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.

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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
Slightly smaller
108×67×33 mm vs 116×68×39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
55.0 vs 50.0
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10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1 f-stop 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
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$159.99
              DMC-GX1$249.95
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF350.0
              DMC-GX155.0
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF312 MP
              DMC-GX116 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3459 ISO
              DMC-GX1703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $181 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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