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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
52
Features
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Overall
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 691g - 132 x 92 x 117mm
  • Released July 2015
  • Succeeded the Panasonic FZ200
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
  • Released February 2012
  • New Model is Panasonic GX7
Photography Glossary

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Overview

Below is a comprehensive review of the Panasonic FZ300 versus Panasonic GX1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both offered by Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FZ300 (12MP) and GX1 (16MP) and the FZ300 (1/2.3") and GX1 (Four Thirds) boast different sensor dimensions.

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The FZ300 was introduced 3 years later than the GX1 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GX1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a concise view of how the FZ300 grades versus the GX1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ300 over the Panasonic GX1

 FZ300 GX1 
ReleasedJuly 2015February 2012More recent by 42 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX1 over the Panasonic FZ300

 GX1 FZ300 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX1

 FZ300 GX1 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ300 has exterior measurements of 132mm x 92mm x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") with a weight of 691 grams (1.52 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GX1 has sizing of 116mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") having a weight of 318 grams (0.70 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the FZ300 and the GX1.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the FZ300 and GX1 is 59 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The photograph below may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ300 and GX1.

Plainly, each of these cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The FZ300 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Panasonic GX1 will render more detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images a bit more aggressively. The newer FZ300 provides an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Portrait photography features
Panasonic GX1 Portrait photography features
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has manual focus
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GX1 as a Street photography camera
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fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
weather sealing
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (691g)
70
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
provides focus via touch
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ300
Sports photography with Panasonic GX1
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great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Travel photography advice
Panasonic GX1 Travel photography advice
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great battery pack (380 per charge)
weather sealing
provides focus via touch
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
heavier than competition in class (691 grams)
low resolution (12MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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provides focus via touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (300 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GX1 Landscape photography details
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has manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
great battery pack (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 shots)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GX1 as a Vlogging camera
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quite wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (691g)
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touchscreen capability
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
missing mic port
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2015-07-16 2012-02-14
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 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
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Total lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/16000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.80 m (at Auto ISO) 7.60 m
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 691 gr (1.52 lb) 318 gr (0.70 lb)
Physical dimensions 132 x 92 x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") 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 380 photos 300 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $598 $228