Sony NEX-F3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Sony NEX-F3

65

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

39

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.3 EV
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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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
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
Size
Smaller
108×67×33 mm vs 117×67×42 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
264 g vs 314 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.28 vs $444.49
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The best price we've seen is $335 cheaper (4.1x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 50.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,114 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The NEX-F3 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-GF3
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
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
470 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-F3's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF323
              NEX-F325
              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-F316 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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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-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-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-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
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $259 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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