Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
 

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
Significantly 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
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
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
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
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 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
Slightly cheaper
$319.99 vs $495.00
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
297 g vs 318 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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-GX1:23
              NEX-3:25
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 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
              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 NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 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 Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $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 NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $412 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
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 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 Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $225 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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