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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $149.99 vs $249.95
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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:$149.99
              DMC-GF2:$249.95
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              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
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              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-GF3:459 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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              competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $290 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $570 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $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-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $278 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $475 body only

              $545 - $598 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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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.