Updated (September 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 vs Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Winner
Sony NEX-7

100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 7

High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
223 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.

competitors

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$445 - $448 body only

$409 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points More focus points
Size Larger
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$798 - $2,398 body only

$998 with 28-70mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$760 body only

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Focus points More focus points
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$798 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$898 - $1,319 body only

$1,560 with 14-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$521 body only

$539 - $598 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

discussion

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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.