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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Mid size (116×68×39 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

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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
Significantly smaller
116×68×39 mm vs 124×90×76 mm
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2.8x smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$419.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $380 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.4 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              DMC-GH221.2 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              DMC-GH211.3 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GX116 MP
              DMC-GH215.9 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX155.0
              DMC-GH260.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GX1703 ISO
              DMC-GH2655 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              $536 - $548 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $899 body only

              $499 - $1,140 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $650 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $449 - $500 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $427 - $483

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,350 - $1,498 body only

              $1,900 - $3,141 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $695 - $798 body only

              $1,239 with 45-150mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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