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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
180 ms shutter lag
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.
Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.

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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.6 EV vs 10 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
180 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
108×67×37 mm vs 116×68×39 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GX1$249.95
              DMC-GF5$328.00
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              DMC-GF510 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              DMC-GF520.5 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX155.0
              DMC-GF550.0
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GX116 MP
              DMC-GF512 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GX1703 ISO
              DMC-GF5573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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