Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7

Olympus Stylus 7000 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 front

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Key Specs

Olympus 7000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-260mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 172g - 96 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Also Known as mju 7000
Panasonic GX7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 402g - 123 x 71 x 55mm
  • Announced November 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GX1
  • Successor is Panasonic GX8
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Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Olympus 7000 versus Panasonic GX7, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the 7000 (12MP) and GX7 (16MP) and the 7000 (1/2.3") and GX7 (Four Thirds) offer different sensor sizing.

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The 7000 was launched 5 years prior to the GX7 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus 7000 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GX7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving right into a complete comparison, here is a brief summation of how the 7000 scores against the GX7 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 7000 over the Panasonic GX7

 7000 GX7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX7 over the Olympus 7000

 GX7 7000 
AnnouncedNovember 2013January 2009More recent by 58 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus 7000 and Panasonic GX7

 7000 GX7 
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and size. The Olympus 7000 provides outer measurements of 96mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 172 grams (0.38 lbs) while the Panasonic GX7 has specifications of 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") and a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the 7000 versus the GX7.

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 7000 and GX7 is 94 and 81 respectively.

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Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements simply by going through a spec sheet. The graphic here will offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the 7000 and GX7.

As you can see, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The 7000 due to its smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Panasonic GX7 will provide more detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older 7000 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 sensor size comparison

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus 7000
Portrait photography with Panasonic GX7
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
manual focus
high flash sync (1/320 seconds)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus 7000 Street photography info
Panasonic GX7 Street photography info
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 7000 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
max fps low (5.0 fps)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 7000 Travel photography factors
Panasonic GX7 Travel photography factors
built-in flash
great zoom (260mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
has focus via touch
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 7000 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GX7 Landscape photography factors
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 7000
Vlogging with Panasonic GX7
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no microphone jack
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Olympus 7000 vs Panasonic GX7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 7000 and Panasonic GX7
 Olympus Stylus 7000Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus 7000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Also called as mju 7000 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2009-01-07 2013-11-07
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Min native ISO 50 125
RAW format
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 23
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 37-260mm (7.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.3 -
Macro focusing distance 2cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech - LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,765 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.80 m 7.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/320 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 172 grams (0.38 lb) 402 grams (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 56 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") 123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 70
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 718
Battery life - 350 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $280 $1,000