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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
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
 
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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
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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality Better image quality 50.0 vs 39.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth Better color depth 20.6 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.8 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $204.72 vs $265.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF3:312 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF3:3.8 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $338 - $398

              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 - $548

              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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $325 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $737 body only

              $249 - $330 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $425 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-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 body only

              $350 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $298 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $230

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $315 - $400

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              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

              $799

              Lowest price More expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

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