Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Pentax Q

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
108 lenses
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

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

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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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
108 lenses vs 7 lenses
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Around 15.5x more lenses available
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Low light performance
Slightly 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
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Advantages of the Pentax Q

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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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2 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
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
98×57×31 mm vs 108×67×33 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 264 g
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More than 20% lighter
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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-GF3108×67×33 mm
              Q98×57×31 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF31.3"
              Q1.2"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3264 g
              Q200 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3$109.28
              Q$214.69
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              Q20.2 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF312 MP
              Q9.7 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-GF3460k dots
              Q360k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              Q11.1 EV
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF323
              Q25
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF350.0
              Q47.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF3459 ISO
              Q189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $230 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
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm 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 E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly 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

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $381 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $494 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $460 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              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
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 body only

              $283 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External flash No external flash support
              Pentax Q-S1

              Pentax Q-S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $233 - $247 body only

              $296 - $396 with 5-15mm lens

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

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