Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
20 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size
Really small
Mid size 116x68x39 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Size
Significantly smaller
116x68x39 mm vs 120x83x71 mm
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2.3x smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
703 ISO vs 618 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight
Lighter
318 g vs 396 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
20 fps vs 4.2 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 55.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.4 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1030 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
194 ms vs 259 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
320 shots vs 310 shots
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$342.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $157 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-G5:21.4 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              DMC-G5:11.6 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              DMC-G5:61.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $498 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $529 body only

              $598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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