• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GM5 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
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF7 advantages over Panasonic GM5

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $899 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality for a tiny camera; Excellent high ISO for its class; Built-in EVF; Built-in hot-shoe; Improved ergonomics; Improved image quality for long exposures; Improved burst rate with hybrid shutter; 1080/60p video.

  • Slightly bigger than GM1 (but not by much); No built-in flash; Shallow buffers with RAW files; Dynamic range not quite as good as some competing models; Below average battery life.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GM5
Olympus E-PM2
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-PM2
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GM1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GM1
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $479
  • 4/3

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Panasonic GM5
Olympus E-PL7
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-PL7
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GX850
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $547
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GX850
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $547
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer

Compared to YI M1

Panasonic GM5
YI M1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Panasonic GF7
YI M1
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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