Updated (November 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

58

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
259 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

Items often bought with the Sony NEX-3 or Panasonic DMC-GX1

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
259 ms vs 670 ms
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2.6x 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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Lens availability
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 55.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
830 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 4.2 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
117×62×33 mm vs 116×68×39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
297 g vs 318 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GX1$350.00
              NEX-3$349.99
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GX123
              NEX-325
              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-GX116 MP
              NEX-314 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $109 body only

              $277 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 - $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $440 - $448 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-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay

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