Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1100 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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
Size
Really small
Mid size 116x68x39 mm
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size Much smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 124x90x76 mm
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2.8x smaller
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price Much cheaper $429.99 vs $1,439.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,009 cheaper (3.3x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 318 g vs 444 g
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Around 30% lighter
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 259 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 60.0 vs 55.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth Better color depth 21.2 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Startup delay Less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-GH2:21.2 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              DMC-GH2:11.3 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              DMC-GH2:60.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $443 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 - $750 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $294 body only

              $330 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 - $737 body only

              $299 - $430 with 14mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,100 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $610 - $1,215 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $338 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $598

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $1,098 body only

              $1,499 with 14-140mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $2,868 - $4,300 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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