Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Great color depth
Color depth
21.2 bits
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Large screen
Screen size
3"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$364 with 20mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$500 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$309 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$341 body only

$421 with 12-32mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$264 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

discussion

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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.