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Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1

Portability
66
Imaging
52
Features
80
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Key Specs

Panasonic GH3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 550g - 133 x 93 x 82mm
  • Revealed September 2012
  • Old Model is Panasonic GH2
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH4
Panasonic S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • 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 GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Overview

Below is a extensive review of the Panasonic GH3 versus Panasonic S1, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are created by Panasonic. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the GH3 (16MP) and S1 (12MP) and the GH3 (Four Thirds) and S1 (1/2.3") boast different sensor sizes.

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The GH3 was unveiled 21 months later than the S1 which makes them a generation apart from one another. The two cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S1 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the GH3 matches up versus the S1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH3 over the Panasonic S1

 GH3 S1 
RevealedSeptember 2012January 2011More recent by 21 months
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution614k230kCrisper screen (+384k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1 over the Panasonic GH3

 S1 GH3 

Common features in the Panasonic GH3 and Panasonic S1

 GH3 S1 

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GH3 provides outer dimensions of 133mm x 93mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") having a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs) while the Panasonic S1 has proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is a front view size comparison of the GH3 versus the S1.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GH3 and S1 is 66 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to picture the difference between sensor measurements only by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GH3 and S1.

Clearly, both of the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GH3 with its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic GH3 will give greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures way more aggressively. The more modern GH3 should have an advantage in sensor tech.

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic S1 Portrait photography advice
71
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW formats
21
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Street photography features
Panasonic S1 Street photography features
65
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
includes touch focus
environment sealing
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than average (550g)
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (117 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic S1 Sports photography highlights
63
high max fps (20.0 frames per second)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery (540 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Travel photography information
Panasonic S1 Travel photography information
71
better than average battery (540 shots)
environment sealing
includes touch focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
more heavy than average (550g)
62
lighter than competition in class (117g)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH3 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic S1 as a Landscape photography camera
71
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery (540 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
32
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH3 Vlogging information
Panasonic S1 Vlogging information
65
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
comes with face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone socket
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than average (550 grams)
31
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (117g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone support
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Panasonic GH3 vs Panasonic S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH3 and Panasonic S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Class Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-09-17 2011-01-05
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VII FHD 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 surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.1-5.6
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 614k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech OLED Monitor with static touch control TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,744k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 20.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 24 fps) 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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 Motion JPEG
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 550 gr (1.21 pounds) 117 gr (0.26 pounds)
Physical dimensions 133 x 93 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 71 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 812 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 pictures 240 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 feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch cost $799 $269