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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 

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 More lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% 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
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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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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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        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
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        1900 ms startup delay
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        DMC-GF3:23
        NEX-5N:25
        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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 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
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $400 with 16-50mm lens

        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 body only

        $310 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 Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $600 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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        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
        Samsung NX1000

        Samsung NX1000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $299 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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $576 with 14-42mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        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

        $249 - $400 with 14-42mm 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

        $290 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
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $255 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $373 body only

        $400 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $499 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $995 - $1,071 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $529 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Many more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        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.