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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1

Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
52
Features
54
Overall
52

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push 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 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
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GX7
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Overview

Following is a extended assessment of the Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are built by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FZ70 (16MP) and the GX1 (16MP) is very close but the FZ70 (1/2.3") and GX1 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The FZ70 was brought out 18 months after the GX1 making them a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ70 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GX1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short introduction of how the FZ70 matches up against the GX1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ70 over the Panasonic GX1

 FZ70 GX1 
ReleasedJuly 2013February 2012More modern by 18 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX1 over the Panasonic FZ70

 GX1 FZ70 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic GX1

 FZ70 GX1 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ70 provides outer dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") and a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) while the Panasonic GX1 has dimensions of 116mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") along with a weight of 318 grams (0.70 lbs).

Check the Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the FZ70 compared to the GX1.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ70 and GX1 is 63 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to envision the difference in sensor sizes merely by looking through specs. The image here will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ70 and GX1.

All in all, both cameras have the same MP but not the same sensor sizes. The FZ70 uses the smaller sensor which is going to make achieving bokeh more challenging. The more modern FZ70 will have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GX1 as a Portrait photography camera
56
has manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
71
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GX1 as a Street photography camera
49
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than average in class (606g)
70
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
offers focus via touch
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Sports photography details
Panasonic GX1 Sports photography details
55
incredible zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (400 CIPA)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
47
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
max frames per second low (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low battery pack (300 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Travel photography information
Panasonic GX1 Travel photography information
55
better than average battery power (400 CIPA)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (20mm)
very long zoom (1200mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (606 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
65
offers focus via touch
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery pack (300 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Landscape photography info
Panasonic GX1 Landscape photography info
54
has manual focus
pretty wide (20mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (400 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
62
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
low battery pack (300 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Vlogging info
Panasonic GX1 Vlogging info
26
pretty wide (20mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (606 grams)
32
has touchscreen
includes face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have microphone support
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic GX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic GX1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-07-18 2012-02-14
Physical type 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 measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
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 distance 1cm -
Total lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT Screen LCD Display TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 202k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 9.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.50 m 7.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 pounds) 318 grams (0.70 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 97 x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") 116 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 41 55
DXO Color Depth score 19.4 20.8
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 10.6
DXO Low light score 171 703
Other
Battery life 400 photos 300 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $300 $228