• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GF5 advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $1598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.33 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    36 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Panasonic G9 advantages over Panasonic GF5

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden.

  • LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition.

  • Great build quality; Very good image quality; Effective IBIS; Excellent performance; Fast shooting speeds; 4K/60p video.

  • No phase-detection autofocus; 10-minute limit for 4k60p video clips; No V-Log or 10-bit video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM1
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe
Panasonic G9
Olympus E-PM1
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF3X
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $750
  • 4/3
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GF3X
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-PL6

Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PL6
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic G9
Olympus E-PL6
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GH5
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH5
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic GF5
Panasonic G95
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G9
Panasonic G95
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • High resolution composite
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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