Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Sony NEX C3

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 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-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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 337 ms vs 670 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher 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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
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
Lowest price Cheaper $149.00 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 300 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Weight Slightly lighter 297 g vs 310 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF2:113x68x33 mm
              NEX-3:117x62x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF2:$149.00
              NEX-3:$329.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-GF2:337 ms
              NEX-3:670 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF2:23
              NEX-3:25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF2:12 MP
              NEX-3:14 MP
              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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $269 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $308 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $439 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $538 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $442 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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