Updated (November, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
409 ms vs 670 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.5"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
69.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
796 ISO vs 513 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 119x71x36 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
287 g vs 330 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$398.00 vs $584.39
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The best price we've seen is $186 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF1:409 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF1:23
              NEX-5:25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF1:12 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $671

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $295 - $799 with 14mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $529 body only

              $598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $587 body only

              $968 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $352 body only

              $320 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $809 with 18-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Heavier

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