• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 960.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GF7 advantages over Canon SX730 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.77 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX730 HS advantages over Panasonic GF7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality for its size; Fast AF for its class; 10fps burst mode with electronic shutter; Lightweight, yet well-built, compact design; Great value for the money.

  • Continuous AF is not reliable; Shallow buffer with RAW; Below average battery life; No EVF; Maximum mechanical shutter speed of only 1/500s.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-PM2
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SX730 HS
Olympus E-PM2
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GM5
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic GM5
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon SX720 HS

Panasonic GF7
Canon SX720 HS
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
Canon SX730 HS
Canon SX720 HS
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GX850
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic GX850
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon SX740 HS

Panasonic GF7
Canon SX740 HS
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon SX730 HS
Canon SX740 HS
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer video battery life
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