Updated (September 2009): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

53

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

29

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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
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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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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF1119×71×36 mm
              DMC-LX3109×60×27 mm
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GF121.2 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              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
              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

              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-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              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-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $460 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $494 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

              $109 body only

              $277 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              $405

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,679 - $1,898 body only

              $2,279 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,499

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

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