• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GM1 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $479 vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    279g vs 454g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.3 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Samsung NX500 advantages over Panasonic GM1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    24.8 vs 22.3 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 660 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    75 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/200 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Large Four Thirds sensor is impressive for a camera this small; Shares sensor and processor of GX7; Excellent image quality with class-leading high ISO performance; Responsive all-around performer; AF system is fast and accurate; Easy to use and responsive touchscreen; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Lightweight and pocketable design makes it easy to carry everywhere.

  • Can be awkward to use with larger lenses; Rear dial is easy to accidentally press; Lacks a hot-shoe for EVF or external flash; Weak built-in flash; 1/50s flash sync; No 1080p60 video; No external headphone jack or mic input.

  • Very good image quality with high-resolution files; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Fast AF performance; Compact design with good build quality; Better ergonomics than predecessor; 4K video recording.

  • High ISO noise reduction too strong; AF struggles in low-light; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No option for EVF; No built-in flash (external one included); 4K Video is cropped with narrower FOV.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GM1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
Samsung NX500
Olympus E-PM2
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A6000

Panasonic GM1
Sony A6000
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Panasonic GM1
Panasonic GM5
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Samsung NX500
Panasonic GM5
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Panasonic GM1
Panasonic GF7
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Samsung NX500
Panasonic GF7
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A6300

Panasonic GM1
Sony A6300
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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