Updated (April 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$445 body only

$348 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$354 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$180 body only

$265 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Thickness Slightly thinner
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$816 body only

$449 with 15-45mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Shorter battery life

discussion

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