• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-GH1 advantages over Panasonic GH2

  • Higher effective ISO
    772 vs 655 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner

Panasonic GH2 advantages over Panasonic DMC-GH1

  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-P2

Panasonic DMC-GH1
Olympus E-P2
  • $1315
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GH2
Olympus E-P2
  • $1500
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Samsung NX10

Panasonic DMC-GH1
Samsung NX10
  • $1315
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic GH2
Samsung NX10
  • $1500
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic DMC-G2

Panasonic DMC-GH1
Panasonic DMC-G2
  • $1315
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GH2
Panasonic DMC-G2
  • $1500
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Panasonic DMC-GH1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1315
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GH2
Olympus E-M5
  • $1500
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic G5

Panasonic DMC-GH1
Panasonic G5
  • $1315
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GH2
Panasonic G5
  • $1500
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Lighter weight
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