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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
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
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
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 $430.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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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              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-G5:21.4 bits
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-GX1:310 shots
              DMC-G5:320 shots
              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-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $400 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $633 - $698 body only

              $1,098 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-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $999 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 12-50mm 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $602 - $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

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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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