Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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 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 Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 264 g vs 287 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 69.0 vs 50.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 10.1 EV
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2.1 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 22.2 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
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
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              NEX-5:111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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-5:25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $809 body only

              $299 - $430 with 14mm lens

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $210 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 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
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $766 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              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 Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $268 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $306 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $499 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,156 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Dgq1 (11:20 AM, December 04, 2011)
              ho la nex-5 da quasi 1 anno, eccezionale nelle immagini, ottima nei video hd tranne che per la durata delle riprese (si scalda rapidamente e si blocca)! Spero duri più di 3 anni senza guastarsi..!
               
              Guest (2:31 PM, November 12, 2011)
              GF3's better !!!!
               
              Jjg_loves_shane (0:14 PM, November 06, 2011)
              gf3 is better!!!!
               
              Burg0222 (9:08 PM, July 30, 2011)
              Panasonic has a more solid feel...picture quality about the same.