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

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
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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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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 Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth Better color depth 21.2 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 $283.69 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $415 cheaper (2.5x 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF1:409 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF1:3 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GF1:513 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-GF1:720p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GF1:54.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $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

              $355

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $780

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

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

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $844 body only

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,197

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,900

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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