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Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3

Portability
66
Imaging
52
Features
80
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Key Specs

Panasonic GH3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 550g - 133 x 93 x 82mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Old Model is Panasonic GH2
  • Updated by Panasonic GH4
Panasonic LX3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-60mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 265g - 109 x 60 x 27mm
  • Released November 2008
  • New Model is Panasonic LX5
Photography Glossary

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Overview

Following is a detailed overview of the Panasonic GH3 versus Panasonic LX3, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are manufactured by Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the GH3 (16MP) and LX3 (10MP) and the GH3 (Four Thirds) and LX3 (1/1.63") enjoy different sensor size.

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The GH3 was released 3 years after the LX3 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GH3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LX3 being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a full comparison, below is a concise view of how the GH3 matches up vs the LX3 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH3 over the Panasonic LX3

 GH3 LX3 
ReleasedSeptember 2012November 2008More modern by 48 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution614k460kClearer display (+154k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic GH3

 LX3 GH3 

Common features in the Panasonic GH3 and Panasonic LX3

 GH3 LX3 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera often, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Panasonic GH3 provides outer measurements of 133mm x 93mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") with a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LX3 has specifications of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic GH3 versus Panasonic LX3 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the GH3 and the LX3.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the GH3 and LX3 is 66 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizes just by looking at specs. The image here will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the GH3 and LX3.

All in all, both the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The GH3 because of its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic GH3 will give you extra detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos much more aggressively. The more modern GH3 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic LX3 Portrait photography advice
71
manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
40
manual focus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Street photography factors
Panasonic LX3 Street photography factors
65
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has touch focus
weather proofing
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (550g)
60
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/1.63")
more heavy than competition in class (265 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Sports photography features
Panasonic LX3 Sports photography features
63
fast continuous shooting (20.0 fps)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery power (540 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
27
image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Travel photography features
Panasonic LX3 Travel photography features
71
better than average battery power (540 CIPA)
weather proofing
has touch focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (550g)
60
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (265g)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GH3
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX3
71
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery power (540 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
52
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Vlogging factors
Panasonic LX3 Vlogging factors
65
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
provides face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic port
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (550 grams)
30
reasonably wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (265 grams)
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Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic LX3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH3 and Panasonic LX3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Class Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-09-17 2008-11-04
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.63"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-60mm (2.5x)
Highest aperture - f/2.0-2.8
Macro focus range - 1cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 4.5
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 614 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech OLED Monitor with static touch control -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,744 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 20.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 8.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 24 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 550 gr (1.21 pounds) 265 gr (0.58 pounds)
Dimensions 133 x 93 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 71 39
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 10.8
DXO Low light score 812 94
Other
Battery life 540 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $799 $449