Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

39

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 body only

$530 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$630 with 14-45mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$280 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Color depth Better color depth
Screen size Much smaller screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$322 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 body only

$530 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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.