• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Panasonic GX1 advantages over Panasonic GF5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Higher effective ISO
    703 vs 618 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF5 advantages over Panasonic GX1

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

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

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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 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.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM1
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Panasonic GX1
Panasonic GF3X
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF3X
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $750
  • 4/3

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 GF5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM2
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $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
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF6
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Less shutter lag
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
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