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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

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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Explore our gallery of 15 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
409 ms vs 770 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 39.0
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Around 40% better image quality
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 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
Slightly 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
  1. 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
Slightly smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 119×71×36 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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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
265 g vs 330 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-GF11.4"
              DMC-LX31.1"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GF110.3 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF1409 ms
              DMC-LX3770 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF121.2 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF1513 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF13 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF154.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-GF1720p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $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-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $722 - $798

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $472 body only

              $673 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $638

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,216

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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