Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
312 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 312 ms vs 409 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 107x67x32 mm vs 119x71x36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $182.99 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $516 cheaper (3.8x less)
Weight Lighter 264 g vs 330 g
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20% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 21.2 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GF1:10.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-GF1:54.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              DMC-GF1:513 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $743 body only

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $676 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $575 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $705 body only

              $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen

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              Wsadejk (10:04 AM, November 10, 2011)
              GF1 All the way, it was launch a couple of years ago and still the competition are just about getting on par with it.  Awsome, Solid Camera.  GF3, good specs, size etc, but looks platic