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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX7

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 9x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 7.1 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GX7's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/2000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax M30

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Size
Smaller
97×57×18 mm vs 123×71×55 mm
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4.8x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 2.2"
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3.1x thinner
Weight
Lighter
120 g vs 402 g
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3.4x lighter
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$435.55 vs $4,049.21
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The best price we've seen is $3,614 cheaper (9.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              DMC-GX7LIVEMOS
              M30CCD
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DMC-GX71080p @ 60fps
              M30480p @ 30fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              DMC-GX7
              1. Sensor shift
              M30None

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