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Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L

Portability
81
Imaging
50
Features
57
Overall
52
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 front
 
Sigma fp L front
Portability
83
Imaging
83
Features
80
Overall
81

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Key Specs

Panasonic GH1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 124 x 90 x 45mm
  • Launched July 2009
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH2
Sigma fp L
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 427g - 113 x 70 x 45mm
  • Introduced March 2021
  • Superseded the Sigma fp
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Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Overview

Following is a in depth review of the Panasonic GH1 and Sigma fp L, both Advanced Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Panasonic and Sigma. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the GH1 (12MP) and fp L (61MP) and the GH1 (Four Thirds) and fp L (Full frame) offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The GH1 was released 12 years earlier than the fp L which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sigma fp L being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the GH1 grades versus the fp L in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH1 over the Sigma fp L

 GH1 fp L 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sigma fp L over the Panasonic GH1

 fp L GH1 
IntroducedMarch 2021July 2009More modern by 142 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2100k460kClearer display (+1640k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic GH1 and Sigma fp L

 GH1 fp L 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic GH1 has got exterior measurements of 124mm x 90mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs) whilst the Sigma fp L has dimensions of 113mm x 70mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8") along with a weight of 427 grams (0.94 lbs).

See the Panasonic GH1 and Sigma fp L in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the GH1 versus the fp L.

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GH1 and fp L is 81 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizes just by checking a spec sheet. The pic here will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the GH1 and fp L.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The GH1 featuring a tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Sigma fp L will give you greater detail as a result of its extra 49 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more aged GH1 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH1 Portrait photography factors
Sigma fp L Portrait photography factors
60
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
89
manual focus
fantastic sensor resolution (61 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH1 as a Street photography camera
Sigma fp L as a Street photography camera
72
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
78
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports focus via touch
weather proof
above average ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH1 Sports photography features
Sigma fp L Sports photography features
33
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
bad battery life (320 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
79
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
fantastic sensor resolution (61MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (240 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH1 Travel photography details
Sigma fp L Travel photography details
58
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
missing Timelapse function
bad battery life (320 shots)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
73
weather proof
supports focus via touch
fantastic sensor resolution (61 megapixels)
not so great battery life (240 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH1 Landscape photography features
Sigma fp L Landscape photography features
55
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
bad battery life (320 per charge)
missing Timelapse function
81
manual focus
swap lenses (Leica L mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
fantastic sensor resolution (61MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (240 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH1 as a Vlogging camera
Sigma fp L as a Vlogging camera
72
selfie friendly display
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has microphone port
lack of image stabilization
38
touchscreen enabled
features face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
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Panasonic GH1 vs Sigma fp L Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH1 and Sigma fp L
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1Sigma fp L
General Information
Company Panasonic Sigma
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Sigma fp L
Class Advanced Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2009-07-10 2021-03-25
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine HD -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 18.89 x 14.48mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 273.5mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 61 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 9520 x 6328
Maximum native ISO 1600 25600
Maximum enhanced ISO 3200 102400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO - 6
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Leica L
Number of lenses 107 40
Crop factor 1.9 1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3.2"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 2,100 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.83x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.50 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync no built-in flash
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 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (USB Power Delivery supported)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 385g (0.85 lb) 427g (0.94 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 90 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8") 113 x 70 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 772 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots 240 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - BP-51
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $949 $2,499