Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Overall image quality Better image quality 55.0 vs 50.0
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10% better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 573 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.6 EV vs 10 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 108x67x37 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $289.95 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $209 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight Lighter 267 g vs 318 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.5" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              DMC-GF5:10 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              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
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              DMC-GF5:50.0

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              Shared Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $602 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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