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

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

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
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
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $624.95 vs $922.69
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The best price we've seen is $298 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 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
              D7000:Pentaprism
              DMC-GH2:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Lighter
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 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 - $1,700 body only

              $2,696 - $2,698 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

              $650 body only

              $648 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 Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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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)