Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

44

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

36

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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More than 9x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 8.6 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-GF2's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS1

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Slightly smaller
103x60x33 mm vs 113x68x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
229 g vs 310 g
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Around 30% 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              DMC-ZS1:2.5 fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-GF2:460k dots
              DMC-ZS1:230k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $404

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Casio Exilim EX-H5

              Casio Exilim EX-H5

              Travel zoom

              $126

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen

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