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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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
 
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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 $149.99 vs $289.95
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 50% 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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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
              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:$149.99
              DMC-GF5:$289.95
              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
              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
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              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

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $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

              $250 body only

              $299 - $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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 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-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $437 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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