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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1

Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
66
Overall
58
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 front
 
Pentax MX-1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
37
Features
60
Overall
46

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Key Specs

Panasonic GF7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 266g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Replaced the Panasonic GF6
  • Later Model is Panasonic GF8
Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 391g - 122 x 61 x 51mm
  • Announced July 2013
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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Overview

The following is a complete assessment of the Panasonic GF7 versus Pentax MX-1, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a crucial gap among the image resolutions of the GF7 (16MP) and MX-1 (12MP) and the GF7 (Four Thirds) and MX-1 (1/1.7") possess different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The GF7 was announced 20 months after the MX-1 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. The two cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GF7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax MX-1 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the GF7 scores against the MX-1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF7 over the Pentax MX-1

 GF7 MX-1 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015July 2013Newer by 20 months
Screen resolution1040k920kCrisper screen (+120k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax MX-1 over the Panasonic GF7

 MX-1 GF7 

Common features in the Panasonic GF7 and Pentax MX-1

 GF7 MX-1 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic GF7 has got outer measurements of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs) whilst the Pentax MX-1 has sizing of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") with a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs).

See the Panasonic GF7 versus Pentax MX-1 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the GF7 compared to the MX-1.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the GF7 and MX-1 is 90 and 84 respectively.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions purely by researching specifications. The pic here will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the GF7 and MX-1.

Plainly, the 2 cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The GF7 with its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic GF7 will render extra detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots far more aggressively. The more recent GF7 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Portrait photography advice
Pentax MX-1 Portrait photography advice
65
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
42
has manual focus
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Street photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Street photography highlights
80
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
includes touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
65
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (391g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Sports photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Sports photography highlights
52
high shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
max fps low (5.8 frames/s)
no image stabilization
low battery pack (230 shots)
lack of phase detect auto focus
43
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking autofocus
great battery life (290 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Travel photography factors
Pentax MX-1 Travel photography factors
70
includes touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
low battery pack (230 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
61
great battery life (290 CIPA)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (391 grams)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Landscape photography highlights
69
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
low battery pack (230 shots)
55
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (290 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF7 Vlogging highlights
Pentax MX-1 Vlogging highlights
33
touch screen
has face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
33
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
missing external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (391 grams)
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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF7 and Pentax MX-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7Pentax MX-1
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Pentax MX-1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2015-02-01 2013-07-01
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3448 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 12800
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 4.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/16000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 5.8fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 266 gr (0.59 lbs) 391 gr (0.86 lbs)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 208
Other
Battery life 230 images 290 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-Li-106
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $308 $400