Updated (November, 2010): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Overall image quality Better image quality 54.0 vs 39.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 409 ms vs 770 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 21.2 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 4.5x larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 513 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The DMC-GF1 has excellent image quality 2.4 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX3
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Smaller 109x60x27 mm vs 119x71x36 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 265 g vs 330 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $329.00 vs $584.39
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The best price we've seen is $255 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF1:10.3 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF1:409 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF1:513 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF1:3 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF1:54.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-GF1:720p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $587

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $639 body only

              $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $461 body only

              $545 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $428 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,120

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $825 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Significantly larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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