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

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Differences

Panasonic GX1 advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    420g vs 575g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic G5 advantages over Panasonic GX1

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.2 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Appealing design; Good grip; Very good image quality; Fast autofocus; Built-in Level Gauge.

  • Small rear buttons; Below-average battery life; Weak flash; Orange and yellow can have greenish cast in JPEGs; Shutter-induced motion blur with 14-42mm X Vario kit lens.

  • Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

  • Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic G5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Internal flash
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic G5
Olympus E-PM2
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Panasonic GX1
Panasonic GF6
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G5
Panasonic GF6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GX1
Panasonic G6
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic GX1
Panasonic GX7
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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