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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Weight Lighter 264 g vs 318 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $169.95 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (2.5x less)
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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
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
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 259 ms vs 312 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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 Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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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              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $368 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 - $520 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $844 body only

              $249 - $330 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm 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

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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