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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1

Portability
74
Imaging
53
Features
79
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
34
Overall
37

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Key Specs

Panasonic G6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 122 x 85 x 71mm
  • Announced April 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic G5
  • Refreshed by Panasonic G7
Panasonic SZ1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 131g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2012
Photography Glossary

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Panasonic G6 versus Panasonic SZ1, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Panasonic. The image resolution of the G6 (16MP) and the SZ1 (16MP) is relatively close but the G6 (Four Thirds) and SZ1 (1/2.3") possess different sensor sizing.

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The G6 was unveiled 16 months after the SZ1 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic G6 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic SZ1 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a quick summary of how the G6 scores vs the SZ1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G6 over the Panasonic SZ1

 G6 SZ1 
LaunchedApril 2013January 2012More modern by 16 months
Focus manually More exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1036k230kSharper screen (+806k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ1 over the Panasonic G6

 SZ1 G6 

Common features in the Panasonic G6 and Panasonic SZ1

 G6 SZ1 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic G6 enjoys outside measurements of 122mm x 85mm x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") and a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ1 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 131 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the G6 and the SZ1.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the G6 and SZ1 is 74 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizes just by looking through specifications. The picture underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the G6 and SZ1.

To sum up, both the cameras posses the exact same MP albeit different sensor sizes. The G6 contains the bigger sensor which is going to make achieving bokeh less difficult. The newer G6 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G6 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic SZ1 Portrait photography factors
71
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
34
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G6 Street photography features
Panasonic SZ1 Street photography features
73
screen articulates
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (131 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G6 Sports photography information
Panasonic SZ1 Sports photography information
56
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
40
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G6 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ1 as a Travel photography camera
72
comes with touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
70
lighter than competition in class (131 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
no Timelapse recording
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G6 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic SZ1 as a Landscape photography camera
67
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
43
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G6 Vlogging features
Panasonic SZ1 Vlogging features
73
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic port
lack of image stabilization
32
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
lighter than competition in class (131 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone support
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Panasonic G6 vs Panasonic SZ1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G6 and Panasonic SZ1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-04-24 2012-01-09
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
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
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range - 4cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,036k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.50 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lb) 131 gr (0.29 lb)
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 score 61 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 639 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 pictures 250 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $750 $179