• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic G7 advantages over Nikon D780

  • Less expensive
    $598 vs $2797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D780 advantages over Panasonic G7

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2260 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    786k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 8.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact and lightweight for a fully-featured interchangeable-lens camera; Really fast autofocus; Good all-around performance too; Generous buffer depth; Versatile tilt/swivel LCD and high-res viewfinder; Touch-screen controls; Very affordable pricetag

  • Out of the box, colors are muted by consumer standards; Warm white balance under incandescent light; Handgrip is a little shallow for those with larger hands; Wi-Fi is overly complex and has limited range

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic G7
Olympus E-M1
  • $665
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
Nikon D780
Olympus E-M1
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $949
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GH4
  • $665
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Nikon D780
Panasonic GH4
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GX8
  • $665
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
Nikon D780
Panasonic GX8
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Panasonic G7
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $665
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2902
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2902
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Panasonic G7
Pentax K-1 II
  • $665
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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