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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2

Portability
85
Imaging
47
Features
47
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
Portability
70
Imaging
51
Features
65
Overall
56

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed October 2009
  • Successor is Panasonic GF2
Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Launched March 2011
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH1
  • Renewed by Panasonic GH3
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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic GH2, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are created by Panasonic. There is a crucial difference among the image resolutions of the GF1 (12MP) and GH2 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The GF1 was introduced 17 months prior to the GH2 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GF1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting through a full comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the GF1 grades vs the GH2 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF1 over the Panasonic GH2

 GF1 GH2 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Panasonic GF1

 GH2 GF1 
LaunchedMarch 2011October 2009More recent by 17 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic GH2

 GF1 GH2 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF1 enjoys exterior dimensions of 119mm x 71mm x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GH2 has proportions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") and a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the GF1 against the GH2.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the GF1 and GH2 is 85 and 70 respectively.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to see the contrast in sensor measurements just by seeing specifications. The visual here might offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the GF1 and GH2.

Plainly, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Panasonic GH2 to show more detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older GF1 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF1 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography highlights
60
has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
70
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GF1
Street photography with Panasonic GH2
64
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
68
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF1 Sports photography information
Panasonic GH2 Sports photography information
44
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
great battery pack (380 shots)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
does not have phase detect autofocus
46
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (330 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF1 Travel photography features
Panasonic GH2 Travel photography features
59
great battery pack (380 per charge)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
62
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (330 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GH2 as a Landscape photography camera
60
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
60
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (330 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GF1
Vlogging with Panasonic GH2
25
has face detect autofocus
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic support
71
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic support
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic GH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic GH2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-10-14 2011-03-23
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine HD Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 15.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24, 30, 60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD Lite AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 385 grams (0.85 lb) 442 grams (0.97 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 71 x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 54 60
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 21.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 11.3
DXO Low light rating 513 655
Other
Battery life 380 photos 330 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $400 $1,000