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
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 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-3N's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
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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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        DMC-GF5:23
        NEX-3N:25
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        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

        $498 - $499 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

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $311 - $400 with 22mm 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
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $499

        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
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $299 - $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
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $509 - $664 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 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-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 body only

        $576 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-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 with 14-42mm lens

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

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $349 body only

        $498 - $520 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 NEX-F3

        Sony NEX-F3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $403 - $730 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

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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