• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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Differences

Sony NEX-7 advantages over Panasonic GF3X

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Better color depth
    24.1 vs 20.6 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,016 vs 459 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 10.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 430 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GF3X advantages over Sony NEX-7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    359g vs 560g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • 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

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor with excellent image quality; Small body; Exceptional user interface; Full HD 60p video; Electronic viewfinder and flash are built-in.

  • No Mode dial; Flash sync is a touch slow; No UHS-I card support; Needs a better kit lens to match the sensor quality.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF2

Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GF2
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
Panasonic GF3X
Panasonic GF2
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GF5
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GF3X
Panasonic GF5
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX20
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic GF3X
Samsung NX20
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Sony NEX-7
Sony NEX-F3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GF3X
Sony NEX-F3
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6000

Sony NEX-7
Sony A6000
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic GF3X
Sony A6000
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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