• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $848 Average Retail $1100 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $1527 Average Retail $1400 MSRP

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Advantages

Panasonic GX7 over Olympus E-M1

  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Olympus E-M1 over Panasonic GX7

  • 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
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

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
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
  • $1300
  • 4/3
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1527
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $1300
  • 4/3

Compared to Panasonic G5

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G5
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $445
  • 4/3
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G5
  • $1527
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $445
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon V2

Panasonic GX7
Nikon V2
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $814
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Less shutter lag
Olympus E-M1
Nikon V2
  • $1527
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $814
  • 1 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • External Mic
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G6
  • $1527
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • 24p
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • 24p
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M10
  • $1527
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
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