Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

Items often bought with the DMC-GF3 or DMC-GF1

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3.
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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 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
$109.28 vs $342.39
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The best price we've seen is $233 cheaper (3.1x 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
              108 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"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$109.28
              DMC-GF1$342.39
              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
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              DMC-GF121.2 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF350.0
              DMC-GF154.0
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $381 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 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-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 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
              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-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $460 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

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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