Canon Rebel T3i vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

51

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

competitors

Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$350 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Lighter
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$435 - $649 body only

$535 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$390 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
Battery life Longer battery life
Screen size Much smaller screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$777 body only

$720 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$550 body only

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$544 body only

$598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Focus points Slightly more focus points

discussion

Canon Rebel T3i
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hbh photography (0:21 PM, May 03, 2014)
what about the video quality and the bit-rate (video compression)? & do they have a clean hdmi out! & why the gh2 is so talked about in cinematic!!!
 
Ed Andrade (2:18 AM, April 13, 2011)
this comparison is kind of weak, I'm sorry.
Everyone is raving about the video capabilities of the Panasonic GH2 which has a more modern 3-core processors, also it has less moiré and a little less rolling shutter than all the Canons. Although Canon EOS do have more lenses, every lens can fit the micro-four-thirds mount of the GH2 with an adapter. The GH2 has a great crop mode that takes 1920x1080 pixels of the sensor (providing not only an extra tele end but also eliminates any moiré and banding as the image does not have to be digitally reduced to fit HD dimensions). The big question I had was about one of the features that Canon has for the T3i which sounded like this same approach to crop mode that the GH2 has... That would be interesting to read about...
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:09 PM, April 02, 2011)
The Canon T3i has a built in mono microphone, whereas the Panasonic GH2 has a built in stereo microphone.
 
Avatar for AMS AMS (8:03 PM, April 02, 2011)
I see no ratings on the sound quality of the recording. Do they record in mono or stereo? Which one has a better microphone?