• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Sony A7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $648 vs $1498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Lighter weight
    532g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 50 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • More kit lens zoom
    3.0x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Sony A7 advantages over Panasonic GX7

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    24.8 vs 22.6 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,248 vs 718 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.2 vs 12.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Sharp retro design and solid build; High resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Very good video quality, recording Full HD at frame rates up to 60p; Fast autofocusing and all-around performance; Robust Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, including remote shooting when paired with a smart device

  • Weak built-in flash; No external mic or headphone jack for video recording; Some poor results when shooting in Creative Panorama mode

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Panasonic GX7
Sony A7R
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1879
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $1186
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1879
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels

Compared to Panasonic G3

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G3
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • 4/3
Sony A7
Panasonic G3
  • $1186
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $501
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Sony A7
Panasonic G6
  • $1186
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $501
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Panasonic GX7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1026
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1186
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1026
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer
Sony A7
Olympus E-M10
  • $1186
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
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