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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
52
Features
54
Overall
52

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Key Specs

Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released August 2011
Panasonic GX1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 318g - 116 x 68 x 39mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Later Model is Panasonic GX7
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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Overview

In this article, we are contrasting the Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are created by Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the FX90 (12MP) and GX1 (16MP) and the FX90 (1/2.3") and GX1 (Four Thirds) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The FX90 was launched 5 months earlier than the GX1 and they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FX90 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GX1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a full comparison, below is a quick summary of how the FX90 matches up versus the GX1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Panasonic GX1

 FX90 GX1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX1 over the Panasonic FX90

 GX1 FX90 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Panasonic GX1

 FX90 GX1 
LaunchedAugust 2011February 2012Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Display resolution460k460kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX90 provides physical measurements of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Panasonic GX1 has sizing of 116mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") along with a weight of 318 grams (0.70 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the FX90 vs the GX1.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FX90 and GX1 is 95 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to see the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by going through a spec sheet. The image here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the FX90 and GX1.

As you can see, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FX90 because of its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Panasonic GX1 will produce extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GX1 Portrait photography factors
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
71
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Street photography features
Panasonic GX1 Street photography features
62
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
70
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has focus by touch
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography information
Panasonic GX1 Sports photography information
30
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery life (200 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
47
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (300 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX90
Travel photography with Panasonic GX1
60
comes with focus via touch
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery life (200 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
65
has focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (300 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GX1 as a Landscape photography camera
36
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
low battery life (200 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse recording
62
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (300 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GX1 Vlogging highlights
34
decently wide (24mm)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
32
touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing external mic support
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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic GX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Panasonic GX1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2011-08-26 2012-02-14
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 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 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Amount of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.90 m 7.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 149 grams (0.33 lb) 318 grams (0.70 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 116 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 55
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.6
DXO Low light score not tested 703
Other
Battery life 200 pictures 300 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $227 $228