Nex 7 great sensor, great viewfinder, images, 1080 video. Really not fair to compare the 2, totally different price points
Would agree. First because they have different lens, second because of price and lastly because of their directed target market.
Would suggest, for example, that if video was a main point, then one should be comparing the NEX-7 with the GH2, and not the GX1.
But it is the lens that define these camera's more than anything else, and if one likes shooting macro the difference is huge.
You have two actually very good macro lens, both can do 1 to 1 images, but after that, you can have a 30mm (for sony) that is roughly equal to a 45mm (full frame) versus a 45 mm that is equal to a 90mm. The Panasonic has very good edge sharpness wide open, the Sony really bad edge sharpness wide open (but fairly good when stopped down). Wide angle lens present a similar huge difference..with the 7 -14 PANASONIC being about as wide a flat field wide ange as there is.
I happen to own the panasonic 45 and where I dive, find the field of view a bit too narrow (I sometimes shoot thru a dome just to get a bit wider field of view) and would love to have something similar to the sony.
And I love the sensor in the NEX 7. However both cameras can take excellent images and even though I love the camera and that 30mm macro, will be getting a GX-1 because of size and cost.