• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $380 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $698 Average Retail $750 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon EOS M over Panasonic GM1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/200 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    3.1x vs 2.7x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Panasonic GM1 over Canon EOS M

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.90 vs 2.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Newer
    10 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    279g vs 503g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.187 vs 0.742 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1 DSLRs, with 18-megapixel APS-C-type sensor delivering considerable resolution for a mirrorless camera; Solid build and sleek design; Bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor; Full 1080p HD video recording that's virtually silent with an STM lens.

  • Barely acceptable autofocus speed still lags far behind most mirrorless cameras despite firmware update fix; Limited physical controls and buttons, including no Program, Priority, or Manual on Mode dial; Lacks built-in flash or electronic viewfinder option; Only two compact EF-M mount lenses currently available.

  • Large Four Thirds sensor is impressive for a camera this small; Shares sensor and processor of GX7; Excellent image quality with class-leading high ISO performance; Responsive all-around performer; AF system is fast and accurate; Easy to use and responsive touchscreen; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Lightweight and pocketable design makes it easy to carry everywhere.

  • Can be awkward to use with larger lenses; Rear dial is easy to accidentally press; Lacks a hot-shoe for EVF or external flash; Weak built-in flash; 1/50s flash sync; No 1080p60 video; No external headphone jack or mic input.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1000

Canon EOS M
Samsung NX1000
  • $380
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GM1
Samsung NX1000
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-3N
  • $380
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GM1
Sony NEX-3N
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Canon EOS M
Samsung NX1100
  • $380
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $418
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic GM1
Samsung NX1100
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $418
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5T
  • $380
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GM1
Sony NEX-5T
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Lighter weight
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A5000

Canon EOS M
Sony A5000
  • $380
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GM1
Sony A5000
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
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