Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Canon Rebel T3i vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 460k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$499.00 vs $686.28
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The best price we've seen is $187 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Smaller
124x90x76 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1500 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
444 g vs 570 g
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More than 20% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
273 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3iPentamirror
              DMC-GH2Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i3.1"
              DMC-GH23"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i11.5 EV
              DMC-GH211.3 EV
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i1
              DMC-GH20
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Size Large Help
              T3i133x99x79 mm
              DMC-GH2124x90x76 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              DMC-GH260.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $898 body only

              $1,330 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,309 - $1,698 body only

              $2,100 - $3,145 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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              Canon Rebel T3i Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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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?