Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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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
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
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
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Much thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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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
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
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
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 444 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$709.50 vs $922.69
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The best price we've seen is $213 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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 Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $621 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $497 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 body only

              $2,300 - $2,500 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $496 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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