Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
259 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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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
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 77.0 vs 55.0
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40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 460 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 4.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 259 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Slightly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 318 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        DMC-GX1:23
        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 A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $777 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $480 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $304 body only

        $308 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
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $610 - $1,215 with 12-32mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        External flash No external flash support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $340 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $699 with 20mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $443 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $338 - $348

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $520 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

        $508 body only

        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-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen

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