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

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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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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 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
True resolution 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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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 55.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 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
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
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
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $354.49 vs $576.29
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The best price we've seen is $222 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 297 g vs 318 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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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
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GX1:23
              NEX-3:25
              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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              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
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 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

              $766 - $921 with 18-55mm 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
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 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

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