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Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5

Portability
90
Imaging
48
Features
48
Overall
48
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Key Specs

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
  • Launched August 2011
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF2
  • New Model is Panasonic GF5
Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2010
  • Replacement is Sony NEX-5N
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Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Here is a extended assessment of the Panasonic GF3 versus Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the GF3 (12MP) and the NEX-5 (14MP) is relatively comparable but the GF3 (Four Thirds) and NEX-5 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The GF3 was brought out 15 months later than the NEX-5 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the GF3 scores vs the NEX-5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF3 over the Sony NEX-5

 GF3 NEX-5 
LaunchedAugust 2011June 2010Fresher by 15 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Panasonic GF3

 NEX-5 GF3 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GF3 and Sony NEX-5

 GF3 NEX-5 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF3 has got external dimensions of 108mm x 67mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 264 grams (0.58 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5 has proportions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the GF3 against the NEX-5.

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the GF3 and NEX-5 is 90 and 89 respectively.

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to envision the difference in sensor sizing only by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic below will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the GF3 and NEX-5.

Clearly, the two cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The GF3 featuring a smaller sensor will make shooting shallower DOF trickier and the Sony NEX-5 will provide extra detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots much more aggressively. The newer GF3 will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GF3
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5
55
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
72
has manual focus
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF3 Street photography features
Sony NEX-5 Street photography features
70
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
offers focus via touch
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF3 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography factors
38
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
bad battery (300 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
52
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF3 Travel photography details
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography details
58
offers focus via touch
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery (300 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
59
good MP (14MP)
no Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF3 Landscape photography advice
Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography advice
55
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
bad battery (300 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
68
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF3 Vlogging features
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging features
32
touchscreen enabled
comes with face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have external mic jack
28
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no mic support
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Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF3 and Sony NEX-5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3Sony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2011-08-11 2010-06-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 160 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Available lenses 107 121
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.30 m 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 secs 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 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD, Motion JPEG AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 264g (0.58 lb) 287g (0.63 lb)
Dimensions 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 50 69
DXO Color Depth score 20.6 22.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 12.2
DXO Low light score 459 796
Other
Battery life 300 images 330 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail price $360 $599