Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
 

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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $149.99 vs $561.51
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The best price we've seen is $412 cheaper (3.7x less)
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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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2.6 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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 Significantly longer battery life 460 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.8 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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 2 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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF3:264 g
              NEX-5N:269 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF3:23
              NEX-5N:25
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              1900 ms startup delay
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $318 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $360 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              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

              $348 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $525 body only

              $630 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $575 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $574 body only

              $739 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points More focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $300 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              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.