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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

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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
 
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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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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $397 body only

              $525 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $490

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              $503

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Lowest price More expensive

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