Updated (July 2013): Compare the Nikon D90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Nikon D90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Nikon D90

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Size
Really small
Mid size (116×68×39 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 55.0
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.6 EV
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3 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
300 ms vs 1400 ms
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4.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 259 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
116×68×39 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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3.4x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Weight
Significantly lighter
318 g vs 703 g
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2.2x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$350.00 vs $755.00
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The best price we've seen is $405 cheaper (2.2x 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
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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