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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
 
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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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Startup delay 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
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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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:$289.95
              NEX-3N:$299.99
              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
              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

              $398 - $410 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 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $437 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $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-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 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

              $349 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              $430 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
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $525 body only

              $630 - $698 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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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