Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x90x76 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x 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
800 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 60.0
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10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 273 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
124x90x76 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
444 g vs 860 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$637.82 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $361 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
              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
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              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
              7D:Pentaprism
              DMC-GH2:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              7D:2.9"
              DMC-GH2:3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              7D:860 g
              DMC-GH2:444 g
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D:11.7 EV
              DMC-GH2:11.3 EV
              Size Large Help
              7D:148x111x74 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 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

              $1,498 body only

              $2,300 - $2,500 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 - $748 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

              $342 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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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