Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

41

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

37

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
180 ms shutter lag
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
107x67x32 mm vs 108x67x37 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$125.00 vs $289.95
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
180 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
573 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The DMC-GF5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GF5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$125.00
              DMC-GF5:$289.95
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3:264 g
              DMC-GF5:267 g
              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
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GF5:10 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50.0
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              DMC-GF5:573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $197 body only

              $300 with 14mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External flash Supports an external flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $456 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.

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