Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 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-GH2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1100 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 124x90x76 mm
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3.4x smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% 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
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 444 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $799.97 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              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-GH2:23
              NEX-7:25
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $790 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,035 - $1,098 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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