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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
44
Overall
40
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
49
Features
48
Overall
48

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Key Specs

Panasonic FX700
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.2-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 104 x 56 x 25mm
  • Revealed July 2010
Panasonic GF3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 264g - 108 x 67 x 32mm
  • Released August 2011
  • Older Model is Panasonic GF2
  • Updated by Panasonic GF5
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic GF3, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both designed by Panasonic. The resolution of the FX700 (14MP) and the GF3 (12MP) is fairly close but the FX700 (1/2.3") and GF3 (Four Thirds) provide different sensor measurements.

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The FX700 was introduced 12 months prior to the GF3 which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FX700 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GF3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the FX700 matches up against the GF3 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX700 over the Panasonic GF3

 FX700 GF3 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF3 over the Panasonic FX700

 GF3 FX700 
ReleasedAugust 2011July 2010Fresher by 12 months
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic GF3

 FX700 GF3 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX700 has got external dimensions of 104mm x 56mm x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Panasonic GF3 has sizing of 108mm x 67mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 264 grams (0.58 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic GF3 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose during that time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the FX700 versus the GF3.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FX700 and GF3 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizing purely by viewing technical specs. The visual here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX700 and GF3.

As you can tell, both cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FX700 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field tougher and the Panasonic FX700 will result in greater detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images a bit more aggressively. The older FX700 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GF3 Portrait photography factors
38
you can focus manually
good megapixels (14MP)
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
56
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF3 as a Street photography camera
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
70
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports focus via touch
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Sports photography details
Panasonic GF3 Sports photography details
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
38
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 shots)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX700
Travel photography with Panasonic GF3
65
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
59
supports focus via touch
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery (300 shots)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GF3 as a Landscape photography camera
49
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
56
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
terrible battery (300 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Vlogging info
Panasonic GF3 Vlogging info
34
quite wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
32
touchscreen
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no external mic jack
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic GF3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic GF3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
Category Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2010-07-21 2011-08-11
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 160
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.2-5.9 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.40 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 176 grams (0.39 lb) 264 grams (0.58 lb)
Physical dimensions 104 x 56 x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 50
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 459
Other
Battery life - 300 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
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