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

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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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.

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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
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$149.99 vs $328.00
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (2.2x 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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3107x67x32 mm
              DMC-GF5108x67x37 mm
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3264 g
              DMC-GF5267 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$149.99
              DMC-GF5$328.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF31.3"
              DMC-GF51.5"
              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-GF310.1 EV
              DMC-GF510 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              DMC-GF520.5 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              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
              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-GF3459 ISO
              DMC-GF5573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $325 body only

              $429 - $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-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $273 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 body only

              $497 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
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 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-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $460 - $525 with 12-32mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $468 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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