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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
337 ms shutter lag
 

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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
312 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Battery life Slightly longer battery life 320 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 312 ms vs 337 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              DMC-GF2:113x68x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$299.00
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              0
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-GF3:320 shots
              DMC-GF2:300 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $210 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $306 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $394 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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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.