Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6

Portability
56
Imaging
60
Features
70
Overall
64
Canon EOS 7D front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
Portability
87
Imaging
55
Features
64
Overall
58
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Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Canon 7D versus Panasonic GF6, one is a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the 7D (18MP) and the GF6 (16MP) is pretty well matched but the 7D (APS-C) and GF6 (Four Thirds) posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The 7D was brought out 4 years earlier than the GF6 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon 7D being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the 7D matches up vs the GF6 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Key Specs

Canon 7D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 860g - 148 x 111 x 74mm
  • Announced November 2009
  • New Model is Canon 7D MII
Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Revealed April 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF5
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GF7
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Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and size. The Canon 7D comes with external dimensions of 148mm x 111mm x 74mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 2.9") and a weight of 860 grams (1.90 lbs) and the Panasonic GF6 has specifications of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the 7D compared to the GF6.

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the 7D and GF6 is 56 and 87 respectively.

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 top view buttons comparison

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to picture the difference in sensor sizing purely by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic underneath should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the 7D and GF6.

Clearly, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The 7D with its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Canon 7D will show extra detail using its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older 7D will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 sensor size comparison

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 7D
Portrait photography with Panasonic GF6
76
focusing manually
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect focus
exports RAW formats
66
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Canon 7D Street photography details
Panasonic GF6 Street photography details
58
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
78
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
supports touch to focus
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 7D
Sports photography with Panasonic GF6
65
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
bad battery power (800 shots)
52
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon 7D as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic GF6 as a Travel photography camera
54
weather proofing
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery power (800 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
69
supports touch to focus
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 7D as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GF6 as a Landscape photography camera
64
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
no image stabilization
bad battery power (800 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
68
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 7D Vlogging advice
Panasonic GF6 Vlogging advice
29
features face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
32
touchscreen enabled
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
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Canon 7D vs Panasonic GF6 Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Panasonic
Model
Canon EOS 7D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
Type
Advanced DSLR
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced
2009-11-06
2013-04-08
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip
Dual Digic 4
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
332.3mm²
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixel
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3456
4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO
6400
12800
Maximum enhanced ISO
12800
25600
Min native ISO
100
160
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
19
-
Cross focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
326
107
Focal length multiplier
1.6
2.1
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Tilting
Screen size
3"
3"
Screen resolution
920k dot
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
None
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.63x
-
Features
Min shutter speed
30 secs
60 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames per sec
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m
6.30 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 secs
1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Video data format
H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Optional
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
860 grams (1.90 lbs)
323 grams (0.71 lbs)
Physical dimensions
148 x 111 x 74mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 2.9")
111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
66
54
DXO Color Depth score
22.0
20.7
DXO Dynamic range score
11.7
10.6
DXO Low light score
854
622
Other
Battery life
800 images
340 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
LP-E6
-
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive cards
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
1
Launch pricing
$1,050
$326