Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 337 ms vs 670 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Cheaper $249.00 vs $581.66
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The best price we've seen is $333 cheaper (2.3x less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 69.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 300 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 287 g vs 310 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF2:113x68x33 mm
              NEX-5:111x59x38 mm
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF2:23
              NEX-5:25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF2:12 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $318 - $503 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly 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 Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $1,013 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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              discussion

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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.