Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great battery life
Battery life
480 shots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
272 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.
Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2200 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
180 ms vs 272 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
74.0 vs 50.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10 EV
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4.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
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
1,067 ISO vs 573 ISO
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The NEX-3N has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
480 shots vs 360 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
110×62×35 mm vs 108×67×37 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF5108×67×37 mm
              NEX-3N110×62×35 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF5267 g
              NEX-3N269 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF51.5"
              NEX-3N1.4"
              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
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF523
              NEX-3N25
              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-GF512 MP
              NEX-3N16.1 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 A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $452 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $650 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $368 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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