Updated (April 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

66

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Size
Really small
Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.3 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
194 ms vs 337 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
20 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
618 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The DMC-G5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
21.4 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
320 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Size
Significantly smaller
113×68×33 mm vs 120×83×71 mm
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2.8x smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
1.3" vs 2.8"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Lighter
310 g vs 396 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$177.00 vs $545.00
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The best price we've seen is $368 cheaper (3.1x less)
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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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G521.4 bits
              DMC-GF221.2 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G515.9 MP
              DMC-GF212 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G511.6 EV
              DMC-GF210.3 EV
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G561.0
              DMC-GF254.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G5618 ISO
              DMC-GF2506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $535 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 - $800 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $979 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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