• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.6 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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Differences

Sony A900 advantages over Panasonic GF3X

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 4.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    23.7 vs 20.6 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,431 vs 459 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.3 vs 10.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 880 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.6 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic GF3X advantages over Sony A900

  • Less expensive
    $750 vs $3000 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Sony A900
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
  • $2448
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GF3X
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $2448
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A850

Sony A900
Sony A850
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Panasonic GF3X
Sony A850
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GF2

Sony A900
Panasonic GF2
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GF3X
Panasonic GF2
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Sony A900
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GF3X
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Sony A900
Panasonic GF5
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF3X
Panasonic GF5
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
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