• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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Differences

Panasonic GF2 advantages over Panasonic GF3

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    506 vs 458 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF3 advantages over Panasonic GF2

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.5 fps vs 2.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Small, solid, light body; Good image quality; 14mm kit lens is of good quality and very small; Very fast autofocus; Excellent selection of lenses; Very fun to shoot with.

  • Small controls; Touchscreen interface might not be for everyone; Weak flash; Does not work with most accessories from previous models; JPEG image quality falls short of third-generation competition.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-P1

Panasonic GF2
Olympus E-P1
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GF3
Olympus E-P1
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic GF1

Panasonic GF2
Panasonic GF1
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter
Panasonic GF3
Panasonic GF1
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-PL3

Panasonic GF2
Olympus E-PL3
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GF3
Olympus E-PL3
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Panasonic GF2
Panasonic GF3X
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GF3
Panasonic GF3X
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Panasonic GF2
Panasonic GF5
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $419
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GF3
Panasonic GF5
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $419
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
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