Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Much smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 124x90x76 mm
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2.8x smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 259 ms vs 336 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1800 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 318 g vs 430 g
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Around 30% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.2 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH1

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 55.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 21.6 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 320 shots vs 310 shots
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        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
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
        DMC-GH1:21.6 bits
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
        DMC-GH1:11.6 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        DMC-GX1:55.0
        DMC-GH1:64.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 - $639 body only

        $698 with 14-42mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $584 body only

        $614 with 14-45mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $438 with 14-42mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $300 - $398

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $342 body only

        $470 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $250 body only

        $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $461 body only

        $545 - $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
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $390 body only

        $428 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        External flash No external flash support

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,027 body only

        $1,499 with 14-42mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 body only

        $2,300 - $2,500 with 12-35mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $798 body only

        $1,230 with 20mm lens

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Size Larger

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