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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850

Portability
93
Imaging
53
Features
60
Overall
55
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front
Portability
90
Imaging
55
Features
70
Overall
61

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Key Specs

Panasonic GM1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 204g - 99 x 55 x 30mm
  • Revealed December 2013
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GX850
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Announced January 2017
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are designed by Panasonic. The image resolution of the GM1 (16MP) and the GX850 (16MP) is pretty similar and they possess the exact same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The GM1 was revealed 4 years prior to the GX850 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the GM1 scores against the GX850 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GM1 over the Panasonic GX850

 GM1 GX850 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX850 over the Panasonic GM1

 GX850 GM1 
AnnouncedJanuary 2017December 2013More recent by 37 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k1036kCrisper screen (+4k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic GX850

 GM1 GX850 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic GM1 comes with outside measurements of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") with a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) while the Panasonic GX850 has specifications of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the GM1 versus the GX850.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the GM1 and GX850 is 93 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to picture the difference between sensor measurements simply by reading a spec sheet. The visual underneath will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the GM1 and GX850.

Clearly, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact resolution so you can expect similar quality of photos although you will want to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The older GM1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography factors
65
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
66
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GM1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GX850 as a Street photography camera
77
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
boasts touch focus
lighter than competitors (204 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
80
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GM1
Sports photography with Panasonic GX850
48
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (230 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
52
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/500s)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (210 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Travel photography factors
Panasonic GX850 Travel photography factors
74
lighter than competitors (204g)
boasts touch focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
bad battery (230 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
79
supports touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery life (210 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic GX850 Landscape photography highlights
69
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (230 CIPA)
71
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (210 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Vlogging advice
Panasonic GX850 Vlogging advice
35
touchscreen enabled
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (204 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of external microphone jack
73
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
offers face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
no image stabilization
does not have external mic jack
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic GX850 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic GX850
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
Also called as - Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-12-19 2017-01-04
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
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 16 megapixels 16 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 4592 x 3448 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 49
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,036 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/500 secs 1/500 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/50 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
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 204 gr (0.45 pounds) 269 gr (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 66 73
DXO Color Depth score 22.3 23.2
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 13.3
DXO Low light score 660 586
Other
Battery life 230 shots 210 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $750 $548