Pentax Q vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
312 ms vs 706 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1900 ms vs 3700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 7 lenses
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More than 5.5x more lenses available
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
459 ISO vs 189 ISO
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The DMC-GF3 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the Q
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 360k dots
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Around 30% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
20.6 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$79.00 vs $178.59
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax Q

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1 f-stop 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
98x57x31 mm vs 107x67x32 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 264 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3107x67x32 mm
              Q98x57x31 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$79.00
              Q$178.59
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF31.3"
              Q1.2"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3264 g
              Q200 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              Q20.2 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              Q11.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF312 MP
              Q9.7 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF323
              Q25
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF350.0
              Q47.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-GF3460k dots
              Q360k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-GF31900 ms
              Q3700 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3459 ISO
              Q189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 10-30mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $527 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $480 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $369 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $343 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $422 body only

              $239 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $530 - $535 body only

              $650 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $273 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $436 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Thickness Thicker
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 body only

              $220 - $297 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External flash No external flash support
              Pentax K-01

              Pentax K-01

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Significantly larger
              Pentax Q-S1

              Pentax Q-S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 - $297 body only

              $397 - $447 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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