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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1

Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 front
Portability
85
Imaging
47
Features
47
Overall
47

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 606g - 130 x 97 x 118mm
  • Revealed July 2013
Panasonic GF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 119 x 71 x 36mm
  • Announced October 2009
  • New Model is Panasonic GF2
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic GF1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are built by Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the FZ70 (16MP) and GF1 (12MP) and the FZ70 (1/2.3") and GF1 (Four Thirds) have different sensor size.

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The FZ70 was launched 3 years after the GF1 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ70 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GF1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the FZ70 scores versus the GF1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ70 over the Panasonic GF1

 FZ70 GF1 
AnnouncedJuly 2013October 2009Newer by 46 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF1 over the Panasonic FZ70

 GF1 FZ70 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic GF1

 FZ70 GF1 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to travel with your camera, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ70 provides exterior dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") accompanied by a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) and the Panasonic GF1 has specifications of 119mm x 71mm x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") with a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the FZ70 and the GF1.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ70 and GF1 is 63 and 85 respectively.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by going through specifications. The image below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ70 and GF1.

To sum up, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FZ70 due to its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Panasonic FZ70 will provide extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots way more aggressively. The younger FZ70 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GF1 Portrait photography highlights
56
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
60
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
saves RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF1 as a Street photography camera
49
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (606 grams)
64
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF1 Sports photography highlights
55
great zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
great battery pack (400 per charge)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
44
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (380 shots)
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Travel photography details
Panasonic GF1 Travel photography details
55
great battery pack (400 CIPA)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (20mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than average (606g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
59
great battery (380 shots)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GF1 Landscape photography factors
54
you can focus manually
fairly wide (20mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (400 CIPA)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse function
60
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
great battery (380 shots)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
missing Timelapse mode
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ70
Vlogging with Panasonic GF1
26
fairly wide (20mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of microphone port
more heavy than average (606 grams)
25
has face detection focus
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone socket
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GF1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic GF1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-07-18 2009-10-14
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Venus Engine HD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
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 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 20-1200mm (60.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT Screen LCD Display TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 202 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.50 m 6.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 606 grams (1.34 lbs) 385 grams (0.85 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 97 x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") 119 x 71 x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 41 54
DXO Color Depth score 19.4 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 10.3
DXO Low light score 171 513
Other
Battery life 400 pictures 380 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/MMC
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $300 $400