As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, super zooms, boutiques and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GX1 and the Lumix DMC-G10) and Sony (such as the Alpha NEX-5 and the SLT A33)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS), is thinner (1.4" vs 2.5") and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 15.8 MP).

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
8 months newer
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DMC-GF1

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 330 g

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2
similar age
$590 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P2 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-P2 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-P2 and DMC-GF1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (121×70×36 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
2 years newer
$347 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Continuous video focus

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and DMC-GF1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.4"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Continuous video focus
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×90×74 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the DMC-G10 and DMC-GF1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Light weight: 381 g vs 330 g
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
1 year newer
$795 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Continuous video focus
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and DMC-GF1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×84×47 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 336 g vs 330 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
5 years newer
$1,276 (body only)
$1,174 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.5" vs 1.4"
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the DMC-GX8 and DMC-GF1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $899.99 vs $899.99
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11), is much smaller (mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($899.99 vs $1,195.00), is thinner (1.4" vs 3.3") and is significantly lighter (330 g vs 598 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony SLT A33

Sony SLT-A33
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SLT A33 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A33 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.4"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SLT A33 and DMC-GF1

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.4"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the T2i and DMC-GF1

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.4"

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year newer
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much less shutter lag: 105 ms vs 409 ms

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.4"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the K-r and DMC-GF1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.4"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), is significantly smaller (mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs large (130×95×122 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12 MP vs 4.9 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.4" vs 4.8").

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack, is older (september 2009 vs november 2011) and is slightly more expensive ($899.99 vs $139.98).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

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4 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 130k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ5 and DMC-GF1

  • Very small: Standard size (108×68×85 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Very light: 326 g vs 330 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.4"

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1
2 years newer
$1,043

Significant advantages of the X-S1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-S1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Much larger: Large (135×107×149 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much thicker: 5.9" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the X-S1 and DMC-GF1

  • Great battery life: 460 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
4 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and DMC-GF1

  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 590 g vs 330 g

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), is slightly smaller (mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs prosumer size (130×80×93 mm)), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), is thinner (1.4" vs 3.7") and is significantly lighter (330 g vs 640 g).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps) and is older (september 2009 vs june 2015).

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year newer
$900

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the X100 and DMC-GF1

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×54 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.4"
  • Built-in flashes

Leica Q (Typ 116)

Leica Q (Typ 116)
5 years newer
$3,890 - $3,995

Significant advantages of the Q (Typ 116) (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Q (Typ 116) (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (130×80×93 mm) vs Mid size (119×71×36 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much thicker: 3.7" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the Q (Typ 116) and DMC-GF1

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection), is older (september 2009 vs july 2010) and is slightly more expensive ($899.99 vs $599.00).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-LC1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LC1 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-LC1 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
2 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X10 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
5 years newer
$974

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X30 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
2 years newer
$392

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots faster: 11 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
10 months newer
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash

Ricoh Caplio GX200

Ricoh Caplio GX200
1 year older
$786

Significant advantages of the GX200 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the GX200 (vs the DMC-GF1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the GX200 and DMC-GF1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 180 seconds vs 60 seconds