Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
312 ms vs 770 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 39.0
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Around 30% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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Around 4.5x larger sensor
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
20.6 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
459 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The DMC-GF3 has excellent image quality 2.3 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX3
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.8 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$133.00 vs $304.50
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The best price we've seen is $172 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Size
Slightly smaller
109x60x27 mm vs 107x67x32 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
380 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              DMC-LX3:109x60x27 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF3:1.3"
              DMC-LX3:1.1"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              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
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-GF3:1900 ms
              DMC-LX3:2300 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF3:312 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF3:3.8 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $299 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,555

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

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