• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Olympus E-M1

  • Less expensive
    $648 vs $1169*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 50 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus E-M1 advantages over Panasonic GX7

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    50 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Sharp retro design and solid build; High resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Very good video quality, recording Full HD at frame rates up to 60p; Fast autofocusing and all-around performance; Robust Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, including remote shooting when paired with a smart device

  • Weak built-in flash; No external mic or headphone jack for video recording; Some poor results when shooting in Creative Panorama mode

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $505
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1264
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $505
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic GH3
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $674
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GH3
  • $1264
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $674
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $504
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G6
  • $1264
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $504
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $595
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M10
  • $1264
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $595
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G7
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $743
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G7
  • $1264
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $743
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
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