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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 540 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Lowest price Cheaper $830.99 vs $1,109.00
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The best price we've seen is $278 cheaper (around 30% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 71.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 132x93x82 mm
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4.1x smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 812 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 3.2"
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2.2x thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.4 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Weight Significantly lighter 350 g vs 550 g
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Around 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-GH3:540 shots
              NEX-7:430 shots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GH3:23
              NEX-7:25

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 - $734 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,075 with 12-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $3,820 with 20mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,439 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Smaller
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $960 - $1,299 body only

              $1,750 - $2,100 with 12-40mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Avatar for Fotografis Digitalis Fotografis Digitalis (1:12 AM, December 09, 2013)
              I have also owned a NEX 7, Fuji X-E1, & Olympus E-M5. Now I own the Panasonic GH3 and GX7 love everything about them from custom settings, to feature, ease of use, fast focusing, and video is on both GX7 & GH3 are in a league of their own. I came from Canon 7D/5D MKII, & Nikon D7000/D600. I have never enjoyed cameras so much as I have with the GH3 and GX7. Excellent alternative to DSLR's in every way. Don't get caught up on the CANIKON Fanboys about mirrorless systems being lesser quality in images. Mirrorless cameras are awesome. I personally prefer the Panasonic LUMIX IQ & Interface line. :) I have enjoyed the GH3 and GX7 more than any of the other mirrorless I have owned using the awesome lieca glass and Lumix 12-35mm 2.8 pro lens..
               
              Dan (10:46 PM, June 11, 2013)
              Agreed that the specs don't do the gh3 justice. I'd say the same for the gx1
               
              Guggen (6:59 PM, March 20, 2013)
              I would like to say that i have both cameras and used them both quite a bit now and i would like to point out a few things. Yes the score is 90 to 77 with the nex 7 winning but that is with the specs only. When it comes to the actual photos/videos the GH3 is much better. It has a much better dynamic range with video and photos. My only complaint with the gh3 is it gets quite noisy past 1600 iso but i dont shoot low light often so it doesn't bother me. The sony isn't great with low light either but i would say it has the upper hand. With functionality the GH3 takes the cake, it is very customizable and easy to have every option you can think of at your finger tips. It has much more features than the nex 7 and more video formats that work well with editing.