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

Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
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
 
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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
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 273 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Cheaper $999.00 vs $1,439.00
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The best price we've seen is $440 cheaper (more than 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
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
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
              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
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              7D:$999.00
              DMC-GH2:$1,439.00
              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
              Size Large Help
              7D:148x111x74 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is significantly 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
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              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 much heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $1,098 body only

              $1,528 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

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $3,820 with 20mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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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