• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX1 advantages over Sony NEX-6

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $388 vs $688
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony NEX-6 advantages over Panasonic GX1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    23.7 vs 20.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,018 vs 703 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 10.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.7 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Very good image quality; More consumer-friendly control setup than NEX-7 but more advanced (actual Mode dial) than step-down models; OLED EVF and 3-inch tilting LCD monitor provide viewfinder flexibility; Fast and decisive AF on stationary subjects, and good continuous AF on normal moving subjects; Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 60p.

  • Hybrid AF system speed and accuracy still lags somewhat behind higher-end DSLRs; Wi-Fi features still rudimentary (join the club); LCD is not a touchscreen; User interface foibles.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Panasonic GX1
Sony NEX-F3
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-F3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Panasonic GX1
Sony NEX-5R
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5R
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

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
Sony NEX-6
Olympus E-PL5
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

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
Sony NEX-6
Olympus E-PM2
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Panasonic GX1
Panasonic GF6
  • $388
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic GF6
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
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