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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30

Portability
82
Imaging
48
Features
50
Overall
48
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
Portability
92
Imaging
43
Features
48
Overall
45

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Key Specs

Panasonic G1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 360g - 124 x 84 x 45mm
  • Released January 2009
  • New Model is Panasonic G2
Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS25
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS35
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Panasonic G1 versus Panasonic ZS30, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Panasonic. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the G1 (12MP) and ZS30 (18MP) and the G1 (Four Thirds) and ZS30 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor size.

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The G1 was introduced 5 years before the ZS30 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic G1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS30 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the G1 grades against the ZS30 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G1 over the Panasonic ZS30

 G1 ZS30 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Panasonic G1

 ZS30 G1 
RevealedJanuary 2013January 2009More recent by 48 months
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic G1 and Panasonic ZS30

 G1 ZS30 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G1 enjoys outer measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") with a weight of 360 grams (0.79 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS30 has dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic G1 versus Panasonic ZS30 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the G1 vs the ZS30.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the G1 and ZS30 is 82 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to see the gap between sensor measurements just by looking at a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the G1 and ZS30.

Clearly, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The G1 having a bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Panasonic ZS30 will give you more detail using its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older G1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G1 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS30 as a Portrait photography camera
58
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
33
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS30 as a Street photography camera
72
screen articulates
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
has focus via touch
lighter than competition (198 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G1 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS30 Sports photography advice
34
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
46
long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
has tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G1 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS30 Travel photography highlights
62
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
69
lighter than competition (198 grams)
has focus via touch
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
low battery life (260 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G1 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS30 Landscape photography advice
58
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
44
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery life (260 per charge)
missing Time Lapse mode
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS30 Vlogging factors
18
no video recording
35
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (198g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic ZS30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G1 and Panasonic ZS30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-TZ40
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-01-19 2013-01-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-480mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1200s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.50 m 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 360 gr (0.79 lbs) 198 gr (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 124 x 84 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 53 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 463 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 260 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $0 $250