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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
272 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
480 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
 
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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 Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2200 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Lens availability More lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 272 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.00 vs $399.89
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The best price we've seen is $125 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Overall image quality Significantly 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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2.5 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
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
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
Battery life Significantly 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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Size Slightly smaller 110x62x35 mm vs 108x67x37 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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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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              NEX-3N:110x62x35 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF5:$275.00
              NEX-3N:$399.89
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-GF5:267 g
              NEX-3N:269 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF5:23
              NEX-3N:25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 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

              $598 body only

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 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 a built in panoramas
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 - $319 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,026 - $1,060 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 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-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $272 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm 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

              $537 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $630 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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