Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Revealed June 2014
  • Successor is Panasonic FZ2500
Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Revealed April 2012
  • Older Model is Panasonic GF3
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GF6
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Overview

Here is a in depth comparison of the Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic GF5, former being a Large Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are offered by Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the FZ1000 (20MP) and GF5 (12MP) and the FZ1000 (1") and GF5 (Four Thirds) posses totally different sensor sizes.

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The FZ1000 was manufactured 2 years later than the GF5 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GF5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a brief summary of how the FZ1000 grades vs the GF5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Panasonic GF5

 FZ1000 GF5 
RevealedJune 2014April 2012Fresher by 27 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution921k920kSharper screen (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF5 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 GF5 FZ1000 
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Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic GF5

 FZ1000 GF5 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ1000 has outer measurements of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") and a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF5 has specifications of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the FZ1000 versus the GF5.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ1000 and GF5 is 55 and 89 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to envision the gap between sensor sizing just by looking at specifications. The photograph here will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ1000 and GF5.

To sum up, both of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FZ1000 because of its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field trickier and the Panasonic FZ1000 will resolve extra detail due to its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The younger FZ1000 will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GF5 Portrait photography factors
manual focus
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Street photography camera
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports focus via touch
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF5 Sports photography highlights
amazing zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes tracking autofocus
no phase detect autofocus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Travel photography with Panasonic GF5
decent MP (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (400mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
supports focus via touch
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Landscape photography with Panasonic GF5
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ1000
Vlogging with Panasonic GF5
really wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone socket
slow max aperture (f2.8)
has touchscreen
provides face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic GF5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic GF5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-06-12 2012-04-05
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 125 160
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO 80 -
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-400mm (16.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4.0 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 2.7 2.1
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 6.30 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
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 831 gr (1.83 pounds) 267 gr (0.59 pounds)
Physical dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 64 50
DXO Color Depth score 22.1 20.5
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 10.0
DXO Low light score 517 573
Battery life 360 shots 360 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLC12PP -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $800 $600