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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Shutter lag Significantly 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 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
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
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
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
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
Size Slightly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 119x71x36 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $565.00 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $134 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 330 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses

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              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF1:12 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF1:23
              NEX-5:25
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF1:409 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $850

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              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

              $368 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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 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
              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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $789 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p

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