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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30

Portability
93
Imaging
53
Features
60
Overall
55
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
Portability
66
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
36

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Panasonic GM1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 204g - 99 x 55 x 30mm
  • Revealed December 2013
  • Replacement is Panasonic GM5
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic LZ20
  • Successor is Panasonic LZ40
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are designed by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GM1 (16MP) and the LZ30 (16MP) is relatively well matched but the GM1 (Four Thirds) and LZ30 (1/2.3") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The GM1 was manufactured 12 months later than the LZ30 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GM1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LZ30 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a short view of how the GM1 scores vs the LZ30 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GM1 over the Panasonic LZ30

 GM1 LZ30 
LaunchedDecember 2013January 2013More recent by 12 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen resolution1036k460kCrisper screen (+576k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Panasonic GM1

 LZ30 GM1 

Common features in the Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic LZ30

 GM1 LZ30 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GM1 has outer measurements of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") with a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LZ30 has proportions of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select at that time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the GM1 vs the LZ30.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the GM1 and LZ30 is 93 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements simply by checking specifications. The photograph here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the GM1 and LZ30.

Plainly, the two cameras posses the exact same MP albeit different sensor measurements. The GM1 features the bigger sensor which is going to make achieving shallow depth of field simpler. The more recent GM1 should have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GM1
Portrait photography with Panasonic LZ30
65
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
32
MP count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Street photography advice
Panasonic LZ30 Street photography advice
77
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has touch focus
lighter than competition in class (204 grams)
good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (552 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GM1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic LZ30 as a Sports photography camera
48
silent mode (1/16,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (230 shots)
lacks phase detect autofocus
47
excellent zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
good battery life (380 shots)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Travel photography details
Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography details
74
lighter than competition in class (204g)
has touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
low battery power (230 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
56
good battery life (380 CIPA)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (875mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (552g)
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Landscape photography info
Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography info
69
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (230 shots)
45
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good battery life (380 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GM1
Vlogging with Panasonic LZ30
35
touchscreen functionality
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (204g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have microphone jack
22
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (552g)
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic LZ30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-12-19 2013-01-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 4592 x 3448 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-875mm (35.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus range - 1cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,036k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/50 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 204g (0.45 pounds) 552g (1.22 pounds)
Dimensions 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 660 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 shots 380 shots
Battery style Battery Pack AA
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $750 $230