• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Panasonic GX1

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.7 vs 20.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,815 vs 703 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    11.9 vs 10.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    21.1 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GX1 advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $388 vs $2699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    420g vs 1588g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 75 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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

  • Appealing design; Good grip; Very good image quality; Fast autofocus; Built-in Level Gauge.

  • Small rear buttons; Below-average battery life; Weak flash; Orange and yellow can have greenish cast in JPEGs; Shutter-induced motion blur with 14-42mm X Vario kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Panasonic GX1
Sony A900
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Panasonic GX1
Nikon D3X
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Panasonic GX1
Sony A850
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Canon 5D Mark II
Olympus E-PL5
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Canon 5D Mark II
Panasonic GF6
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX1
Panasonic GF6
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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