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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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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-GF5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
180 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
360 shots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Size
Slightly smaller
107x67x32 mm vs 108x67x37 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$133.00 vs $309.00
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The best price we've seen is $176 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
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$133.00
              DMC-GF5:$309.00
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50.0
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $539 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-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $799 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-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $563 body only

              $590 - $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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