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

77

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

74

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
Really small
Size
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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

$398 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

$1,126 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 body only

$1,148 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$930 - $1,198 body only

$1,377 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

$470 body only

$598 - $698 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$558 body only

$1,095 with 14-140mm lens

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Size Smaller
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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.