Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Nikon D7000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Nikon D7000

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

35

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Weight
Light-weight
444 g

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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 60.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 0
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
39 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$479.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $320 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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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
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
124×90×76 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
444 g vs 780 g
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More than 40% 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
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus 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
              D7000Pentaprism
              DMC-GH2Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D70001/8000s
              DMC-GH21/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D70009
              DMC-GH20
              Size Large Help
              D7000132×105×77 mm
              DMC-GH2124×90×76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $818 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,249 - $1,398 body only

              $1,900 - $2,741 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-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $722 body only

              $860 with 45-150mm lens

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

              $368 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

              $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

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              CarolStee (10:51 PM, March 01, 2011)
              Other reasons for considering the GH2 over the D7000: The GH2's body weighs 10.5 oz. less than the D7000's and M4/3rds lenses are also small and light, so it's less of a burden to carry it around, especially when you have several extra lenses with you. The GH2's EVF shows you what the sensor is recording so if the white balance is wrong or the light is dim, you'll know it before you take a picture, which is not the case with the OVF on the D7000 where you're looking through the lens. And since there is no mirror that slaps up and down when you take a picture there is less vibration, which means you can take sharp pictures at low shutter speeds. Read this review of the GH2:

              http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/panasonic_gh2_revisited.shtml



               
              Avatar for fredphoesh fredphoesh (3:46 PM, February 28, 2011)
              Reasons I am considering the GH2 over the D7000
              1/ much faster response, focusing is unrivalled
              2/ 30 mins 1080 recording time (120 mins OUTSIDE of the control freaky EU)
              3/ flip out screen (good for shooting clandestine street stuff)