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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100

Portability
83
Imaging
52
Features
62
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front
Portability
83
Imaging
51
Features
73
Overall
59

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Key Specs

Panasonic G3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 336g - 115 x 84 x 47mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic G2
  • New Model is Panasonic G5
Panasonic LX100
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Refreshed by Panasonic LX100 II
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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Panasonic G3 and Panasonic LX100, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both of them are produced by Panasonic. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the G3 (16MP) and LX100 (13MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The G3 was launched 4 years prior to the LX100 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before we go right into a full comparison, here is a short introduction of how the G3 scores versus the LX100 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G3 over the Panasonic LX100

 G3 LX100 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 over the Panasonic G3

 LX100 G3 
IntroducedSeptember 2014July 2011Fresher by 38 months
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G3 and Panasonic LX100

 G3 LX100 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera often, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic G3 enjoys outer dimensions of 115mm x 84mm x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") having a weight of 336 grams (0.74 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LX100 has measurements of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") and a weight of 393 grams (0.87 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic G3 and Panasonic LX100 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the G3 against the LX100.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G3 and LX100 is 83 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing simply by looking at specs. The visual here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the G3 and LX100.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic G3 to resolve more detail utilizing its extra 3 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older G3 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G3 Portrait photography details
Panasonic LX100 Portrait photography details
71
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
70
you can focus manually
good resolution (13 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic G3
Street photography with Panasonic LX100
75
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
supports focus via touch
lack of image stabilization
76
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G3
Sports photography with Panasonic LX100
47
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (270 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
67
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (13MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G3 Travel photography information
Panasonic LX100 Travel photography information
70
supports focus via touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (270 per charge)
75
boasts focus by touch
good resolution (13MP)
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.7)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic G3
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX100
62
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (270 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
73
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (13 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G3 Vlogging features
Panasonic LX100 Vlogging features
70
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lack of image stabilization
no microphone support
35
quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.7)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone port
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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic LX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G3 and Panasonic LX100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-07-11 2014-09-15
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 13 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3448 4112 x 3088
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 160 200
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-75mm (3.1x)
Highest aperture - f/1.7-2.8
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot 2,764k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 11.00 m 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 336 gr (0.74 pounds) 393 gr (0.87 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 84 x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") 115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 56 67
DXO Color Depth rating 21.0 22.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.6 12.5
DXO Low light rating 667 553
Other
Battery life 270 shots 300 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $500 $800