Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Size
Really small
Mid size 116x68x39 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less 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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life Much longer battery life 850 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 1400 ms
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4.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Low light performance 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
Size Significantly smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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3.4x smaller
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight Significantly lighter 318 g vs 703 g
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2.2x lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
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 2 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 $576.29 vs $847.52
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (more than 30% 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              DMC-GX1:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $748 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

              $550 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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