Sony NEX-5N vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Sony NEX-5N

72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Lens availability
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.28 vs $484.00
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The best price we've seen is $375 cheaper (4.4x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
77.0 vs 50.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 10.1 EV
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4.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality: 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-GF3
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.8 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3108×67×33 mm
              NEX-5N111×59×38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3264 g
              NEX-5N269 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF31.3"
              NEX-5N1.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              1900 ms startup delay
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF323
              NEX-5N25
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF312 MP
              NEX-5N16 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              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-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $346 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Jpcom88 (8:57 AM, September 02, 2011)
              5N got(Handheld Twilight),If GF3 using handheld for night shot will blur or not ? 
              Please advice, Thank you.