Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FX40
Panasonic GM1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 204g - 99 x 55 x 30mm
  • Launched December 2013
  • Successor is Panasonic GM5
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic GM1, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both manufactured by Panasonic. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the FX48 (12MP) and GM1 (16MP) and the FX48 (1/2.3") and GM1 (Four Thirds) come with different sensor sizes.

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The FX48 was released 5 years prior to the GM1 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FX48 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GM1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the FX48 grades versus the GM1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Panasonic GM1

 FX48 GM1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GM1 over the Panasonic FX48

 GM1 FX48 
LaunchedDecember 2013January 2009More modern by 59 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1036k230kClearer display (+806k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic GM1

 FX48 GM1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FX48 offers external dimensions of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Panasonic GM1 has proportions of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") and a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the FX48 and the GM1.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the FX48 and GM1 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to picture the gap in sensor sizes simply by going through technical specs. The image here might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FX48 and GM1.

As you can tell, each of these cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The FX48 because of its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF harder and the Panasonic GM1 will provide greater detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged FX48 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GM1 Portrait photography highlights
includes face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX48 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GM1 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features focus via touch
lighter than others in class (204 grams)
good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Sports photography advice
Panasonic GM1 Sports photography advice
image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low battery life (230 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Travel photography features
Panasonic GM1 Travel photography features
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lighter than others in class (204g)
features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
low battery life (230 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GM1 Landscape photography factors
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.5")
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
low battery life (230 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Vlogging factors
Panasonic GM1 Vlogging factors
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external microphone jack
screen is touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (204g)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no external microphone jack
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic GM1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic GM1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2009-01-27 2013-12-19
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW data
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 23
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-125mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,036 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/3000 secs 1/500 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/50 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 150 gr (0.33 pounds) 204 gr (0.45 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 660
Battery life - 230 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $325 $750