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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
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
 
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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 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
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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
        DMC-ZS1:2.5 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        No significant shared competitors found.

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $272 with 14-42mm lens

        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $576 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

        $699 with 20mm lens

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $290 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Travel zoom

        $370

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Travel zoom

        $487

        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

        Travel zoom

        $220

        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $444 - $564

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $249

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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