Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.4 EV
 
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 70% higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 920 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 20 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.5x15.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $830.99
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The best price we've seen is $631 cheaper (4.2x less)
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 926 ISO vs 812 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 132x93x82 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 71.0 vs 68.0
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 550 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              70D:20 MP
              DMC-GH3:16.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              70D:920 shots
              DMC-GH3:540 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              70D:Pentaprism
              DMC-GH3:Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              70D:755 g
              DMC-GH3:550 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              70D:3.1"
              DMC-GH3:3.2"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Size Large Help
              70D:145x106x79 mm
              DMC-GH3:132x93x82 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,209 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 70D.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,439 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,025 - $1,299 body only

              $1,746 with 12-40mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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