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

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

41

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$225.00 vs $309.00
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              NEX-3N:110x62x35 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF5:$309.00
              NEX-3N:$225.00
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $298 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

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 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 NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 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
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $359 - $530 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Supports an external flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 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
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $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

              $133 body only

              $280 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

              $495 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-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $299 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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $412 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

              $400 body only

              $320 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

              $299 body only

              $549 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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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