Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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 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
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
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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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 238 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,098.95 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (around 30% less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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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 132x105x77 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              D7000:16.1 MP
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              DMC-GH2:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D7000:Pentaprism
              DMC-GH2:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D7000:$1,098.95
              DMC-GH2:$1,499.00
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000:780 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
              D7000:132x105x77 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 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

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 - $697 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $833 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Lighter
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 body only

              $1,866 with 12-35mm 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 - $2,200 body only

              $3,200 - $3,387 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-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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $552 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

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