Updated (November 2010): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$378 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$184 body only

$275 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Color depth Worse color depth
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$312 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 body only

$500 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Alpha NEX-5
Sony

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic

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Howtoshootpictures (8:18 AM, June 28, 2012)
I really like the way camera features are sorted here it made my purchase much easier. I was actually looking to buy a Sony NEX 7 but the price is too steep. I think settlingon NEX 5 will do for my needs.