Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
312 ms vs 337 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
320 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
264 g vs 310 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
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
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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recommendations

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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3107x67x32 mm
              DMC-GF2113x68x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$149.99
              DMC-GF2$177.00
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              DMC-GF210.3 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              DMC-GF221.2 bits
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              0
              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-GF350.0
              DMC-GF254.0
              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-GF3459 ISO
              DMC-GF2506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 body only

              $497 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $501 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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

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              Avatar for kevenbehboody kevenbehboody (0:48 PM, December 27, 2011)
              Thanks for the great review. I went with the gf2 based on the price and features it was a no brainer.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:49 PM, July 18, 2011)
              Thanks for pointing out that mistake, we'll get that fixed up.
               
              MMXBreaks (9:42 AM, July 18, 2011)
              Also there's no difference in sensor sizes. The Micro Four Thirds standard is just that - a standard. If you're going to publish things then at least try and get them right. 
               
              MMXBreaks (9:41 AM, July 18, 2011)
              Stop best-guessing specs. The GF3 does have AFC in video mode.