Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Sony NEX C3

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 312 ms vs 670 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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 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
Weight Slightly lighter 264 g vs 297 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $273.99 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $124 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 68.0 vs 50.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% 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 slightly faster 7 fps vs 3.8 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

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
              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-3:117x62x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF3:$273.99
              NEX-3:$398.00
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF3:23
              NEX-3:25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              NEX-3:14 MP
              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

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $311 with 22mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $414 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 16mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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