Canon EOS 7D vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Canon EOS 7D


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2



Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Really small
Prosumer size (124×90×76 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies


Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.


Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$723 - $799 body only

$868 - $899 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,183 - $1,499 body only

$1,421 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Size Slightly larger
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,212 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$434 body only

$598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Focus points Slightly more focus points
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$776 body only

$1,250 with 45-150mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$779 body only

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Size Smaller
Startup delay Much more startup delay


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Avatar for Brad Brad (9:14 PM, February 23, 2012)
Sure you can use an adapter, you can use one on the Canon as well. That's not really an advantage. And no, the GH2 does not have more dynamic range than the Canon. Further, the use of custom picture styles on the Canon enables maximum use of its available dynamic range.
Neil (1:19 PM, October 22, 2011)
I agree with Jack, don't be fooled by the small size and small price of the Panasonic, it can match the Canon in SO many ways.....and if you want to use it for video, then that is THE camera to choose. I use DSLR's for filming and the GH2 is THE best....and as Jack says with adaptors available you can use so many different lenses. Go for the Panasonic. 
Jack Frost (7:42 PM, September 20, 2011)
Saying the 7D has more lens choices is a bit disingenuous seeing as the GH2 can use Canon, Nikon, Leica and PL mount lenses in addition to the native Micro Four Thirds by using adapters (and a slightly bigger crop factor than the 7D).  Yes, the Canon can use lenses with auto focus and auto exposure, but I think this fact is worth mentioning.

Also, for video, there's no comparison.  The GH2 outperforms both the 7D and the 5D in terms of resolution and dynamic range - even without the firmware hack.  When it's hacked, it's capable of high bitrate intra-frame only capture, which puts it on par with cameras costing 20 to 30 times as much, leaving all the DSLRs in the dust.

Just my $0.02
Avatar for alanbstardmp alanbstardmp (3:45 AM, August 07, 2011)
for movies, the GH2 appears to be more practical and efficient