Is the Panasonic GX7 a Sony NEX7 killer?

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Is the Panasonic GX7 a Sony NEX7 killer?

Compare these two cameras. Both are high quality MILC cameras with magnesium alloy bodies. Both are around the same size and weight. Both have similar styling and control layouts. Both will cost around the same. These two cameras are so similar that it would be hard to like one and not like the other.

The Sony NEX7 has one advantage over the Panasonic GX7. It has a larger sensor. But this advantage can also be a disadvantage because it means you will need larger lenses for it. So it cuts both ways.

We haven't seen any tests yet, but the Panasonic GX7 sensor is two years newer than the Sony sensor in the NEX7, so it might be very capable indeed. Interestingly, both sensors have the pixel density, since they have same size pixels. The NEX7 just has more of them due to a larger sensor.

Assuming the GX7 has a very good sensor (at least as good as the Sony sensor in the OM-D, GH3, and EP5), then it could be a much more compelling camera for an enthusiast.

I say this because the GX7 has some advantages of it's own over the Sony NEX7:

  • Sensor shift IBIS
  • Tilt up EVF
  • Better EVF - more screen resolution
  • Better LCD - more screen resolution
  • Touch screen
  • Can shoot in 4 aspect ratios rather than 2
  • Higher maximum sensitivity (ISO 25,600 vs 16,000)
  • Slightly more powerful built in flash (GN 7 vs GN 6)
  • Faster max shutter speed - 1/8000th
  • Much smaller lenses
  • Much wider variety of lenses
  • 40 lenses available vs. 21 lenses available
  • Longer exposures possible (60 sec vs 30 sec)
  • Has 2X and 4X digital zoom (not that anyone would actually use it)

What do you think?

Will Sony take this as a shot across the bow?

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