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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
312 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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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 format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$133.00 vs $564.91
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The best price we've seen is $432 cheaper (4.2x less)
Size
Smaller
107x67x32 mm vs 119x71x36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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
              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-GF1:513 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $222 body only

              $300 - $799 with 14mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 - $449 body only

              $534 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-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $350 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $545 body only

              $781 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $319 body only

              $520 - $750 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus VR-340

              Olympus VR-340

              Travel zoom

              $104

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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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