Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 vs Sony NEX-7n

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 223 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $289.95 vs $809.00
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The best price we've seen is $519 cheaper (2.8x less)
Weight Lighter 267 g vs 350 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 50.0
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More than 60% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 10 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 3.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 573 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1200 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              NEX-7:111x59x38 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF5:23
              NEX-7:25
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $252 body only

              $315 - $485 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $397 body only

              $525 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $436 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $588 body only

              $699 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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