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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

37

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

34

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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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
312 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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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 continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
312 ms vs 409 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Slightly smaller
108×67×33 mm vs 119×71×36 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$149.99 vs $349.99
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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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
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.4 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
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF31.3"
              DMC-GF11.4"
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              DMC-GF110.3 EV
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              DMC-GF121.2 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              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-GF350.0
              DMC-GF154.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3459 ISO
              DMC-GF1513 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $449 - $500 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 body only

              $668 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $452 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $440 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies

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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