• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GF7 advantages over Sony RX100 V

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.77 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 V advantages over Panasonic GF7

  • 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.8 fps vs 11.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    150 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality for its size; Fast AF for its class; 10fps burst mode with electronic shutter; Lightweight, yet well-built, compact design; Great value for the money.

  • Continuous AF is not reliable; Shallow buffer with RAW; Below average battery life; No EVF; Maximum mechanical shutter speed of only 1/500s.

  • Pocket-friendly design; Unbelievably fast burst capture; Generous buffer depth, even for raw; Fast and confident autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; High-quality 4K video with uncompressed HDMI out; Super-fast High Frame Rate video

  • Very pricey for a compact camera; Still no touch screen; Slow buffer clearing; JPEGs can look over-processed at higher ISOs; Lens doesn't offer much telephoto reach; Battery life is very modest; 4K movies are limited to five minute clips

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-PM2
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 V
Olympus E-PM2
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GM5
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
Sony RX100 V
Panasonic GM5
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 IV

Panasonic GF7
Sony RX100 IV
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 V
Sony RX100 IV
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GX850
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
Sony RX100 V
Panasonic GX850
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 VA

Panasonic GF7
Sony RX100 VA
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 V
Sony RX100 VA
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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