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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1

Portability
74
Imaging
53
Features
79
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Key Specs

Panasonic G6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 122 x 85 x 71mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic G5
  • Replacement is Panasonic G7
Panasonic S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 117g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Overview

Here is a complete assessment of the Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are designed by Panasonic. There is a crucial difference between the sensor resolutions of the G6 (16MP) and S1 (12MP) and the G6 (Four Thirds) and S1 (1/2.3") provide different sensor measurements.

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The G6 was manufactured 2 years later than the S1 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G6 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S1 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the G6 matches up versus the S1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G6 over the Panasonic S1

 G6 S1 
RevealedApril 2013January 2011Fresher by 28 months
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1036k230kSharper display (+806k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1 over the Panasonic G6

 S1 G6 

Common features in the Panasonic G6 and Panasonic S1

 G6 S1 

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera often, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Panasonic G6 provides outer dimensions of 122mm x 85mm x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") and a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Panasonic S1 has specifications of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the G6 and the S1.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the G6 and S1 is 74 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to picture the gap between sensor sizing only by reading through technical specs. The visual below should offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G6 and S1.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The G6 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic G6 will give you greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The newer G6 should have an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G6 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic S1 as a Portrait photography camera
71
focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic G6
Street photography with Panasonic S1
73
screen articulates
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
includes touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (117g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G6 Sports photography info
Panasonic S1 Sports photography info
56
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G6 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic S1 Travel photography highlights
72
includes touch to focus
good resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
62
lighter than average in class (117g)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
MP count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G6 Landscape photography info
Panasonic S1 Landscape photography info
67
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
32
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G6 Vlogging features
Panasonic S1 Vlogging features
73
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
includes face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic jack
lack of image stabilization
31
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (117g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G6 and Panasonic S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2013-04-24 2011-01-05
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.1-5.6
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,036k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.50 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 grams (0.86 pounds) 117 grams (0.26 pounds)
Physical dimensions 122 x 85 x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 61 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 639 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photos 240 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch price $750 $269