Sony NEX-7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Sony NEX-7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
223 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
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
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% 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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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
Size
Much smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 124×90×76 mm
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3.4x smaller
Battery life
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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 2.6 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 444 g
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More than 20% lighter
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              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-GH223
              NEX-725
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,249 - $1,398 body only

              $1,900 - $2,741 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $452 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 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
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              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

              $598 - $722 body only

              $860 with 45-150mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $589 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly 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

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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