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Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.1 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
312 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 8x larger sensor
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 20.6 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $109.99 vs $272.00
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The best price we've seen is $162 cheaper (2.5x less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              Q:98x57x31 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$272.00
              Q:$109.99
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF3:1.3"
              Q:1.2"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3:264 g
              Q:200 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Q:20.2 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Q:9.7 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-GF3:1900 ms
              Q:3700 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF3:23
              Q:25
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-GF3:460k dots
              Q:360k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              Q:47.0
              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
              DMC-GF3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Q:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-GF3:320 shots
              Q:230 shots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              Q:189 ISO

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $329 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly 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 E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $975 with 14-150mm 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

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 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

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              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              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

              $277 body only

              $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

              $310

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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