• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony QX1 advantages over Panasonic GM5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,063 vs 721 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/160 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Panasonic GM5 advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    36 mm vs 52 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.7 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality for a tiny camera; Excellent high ISO for its class; Built-in EVF; Built-in hot-shoe; Improved ergonomics; Improved image quality for long exposures; Improved burst rate with hybrid shutter; 1080/60p video.

  • Slightly bigger than GM1 (but not by much); No built-in flash; Shallow buffers with RAW files; Dynamic range not quite as good as some competing models; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon Coolpix A

Sony QX1
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GM5
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Sony QX1
Panasonic GM1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GM1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Sony QX1
Panasonic GF7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GF7
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GM5
Samsung NX3300
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon EOS M10

Sony QX1
Canon EOS M10
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GM5
Canon EOS M10
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
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