• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600

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Advantages

Sony NEX-5T over Panasonic GM1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/160 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 manually for long exposures
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    3.1x vs 2.7x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Panasonic GM1 over Sony NEX-5T

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Lighter weight
    279g vs 392g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 Canon EOS M

Sony NEX-5T
Canon EOS M
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
Panasonic GM1
Canon EOS M
  • $673
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-M1

Sony NEX-5T
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
Panasonic GM1
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $673
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Sony NEX-5T
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
Panasonic GM1
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $673
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony NEX-5T
Sony A5000
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
Panasonic GM1
Sony A5000
  • $673
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony NEX-5T
Sony A5100
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher-res screen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
Panasonic GM1
Sony A5100
  • $673
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
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