Updated (May 2010): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Winner
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95

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57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
409 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 15 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Weight Heavier
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Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External flash No external flash support

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

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Leica Q (Typ 116)

Boutique

$4,250

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Significantly larger
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$576 - $613 with 12-32mm lens

Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life

discussion

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