Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Key Specs

Panasonic FX580
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX550
Panasonic GX850
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Launched January 2017
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both designed by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the FX580 (12MP) and GX850 (16MP) and the FX580 (1/2.3") and GX850 (Four Thirds) enjoy different sensor dimensions.

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The FX580 was manufactured 9 years earlier than the GX850 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FX580 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GX850 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go in to a in-depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the FX580 matches up against the GX850 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX580 over the Panasonic GX850

 FX580 GX850 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX850 over the Panasonic FX580

 GX850 FX580 
LaunchedJanuary 2017January 2009More modern by 96 months
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic GX850

 FX580 GX850 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX580 offers outside measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GX850 has sizing of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the FX580 versus the GX850.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX580 and GX850 is 95 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to visualize the gap between sensor sizes purely by looking at a spec sheet. The picture underneath might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the FX580 and GX850.

Clearly, both the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The FX580 featuring a tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF trickier and the Panasonic GX850 will give you more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged FX580 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Portrait photography info
Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography info
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX580
Street photography with Panasonic GX850
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
includes touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Sports photography details
Panasonic GX850 Sports photography details
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
no image stabilization
bad battery life (210 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Travel photography details
Panasonic GX850 Travel photography details
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
includes touch focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
bad battery life (210 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Landscape photography information
Panasonic GX850 Landscape photography information
reasonably wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
bad battery life (210 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Vlogging advice
Panasonic GX850 Vlogging advice
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic socket
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
has face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
no image stabilization
missing microphone jack
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GX850 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic GX850
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FX550 Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Type Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2009-01-27 2017-01-04
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 aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW pictures
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 49
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/500 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167g (0.37 pounds) 269g (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.3
DXO Low light score not tested 586
Battery life - 210 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $499 $548