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
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
 
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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 Smaller 107x67x32 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $169.95 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (2.5x less)
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
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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
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
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$169.95
              DMC-GX1:$429.99
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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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              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 - $809 body only

              $889 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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