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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2

Portability
93
Imaging
53
Features
60
Overall
55
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 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
  • Announced December 2013
  • Renewed by Panasonic GM5
Panasonic S2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 112g - 98 x 57 x 21mm
  • Released January 2012
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Panasonic GM1 versus Panasonic S2, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both built by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GM1 (16MP) and the S2 (14MP) is fairly similar but the GM1 (Four Thirds) and S2 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GM1 was launched 24 months after the S2 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GM1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S2 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the GM1 matches up vs the S2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GM1 over the Panasonic S2

 GM1 S2 
ReleasedDecember 2013January 2012More modern by 24 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1036k230kClearer display (+806k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic S2 over the Panasonic GM1

 S2 GM1 

Common features in the Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic S2

 GM1 S2 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic GM1 has got physical dimensions of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") along with a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) while the Panasonic S2 has specifications of 98mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 112 grams (0.25 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic GM1 versus Panasonic S2 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the GM1 vs the S2.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the GM1 and S2 is 93 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to see the contrast between sensor sizes merely by going over specs. The image below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GM1 and S2.

All in all, the 2 cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The GM1 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic GM1 will offer you greater detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The younger GM1 will have an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Portrait photography information
Panasonic S2 Portrait photography information
65
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
34
MP count good (14 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GM1
Street photography with Panasonic S2
77
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
lighter than others in class (204 grams)
great ISO range (25,600)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (112 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Sports photography features
Panasonic S2 Sports photography features
48
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/500s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
good battery (280 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GM1
Travel photography with Panasonic S2
74
lighter than others in class (204g)
boasts focus by touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly display
71
good battery (280 CIPA)
lighter than competitors (112g)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GM1
Landscape photography with Panasonic S2
69
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
41
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
good battery (280 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GM1 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic S2 as a Vlogging camera
35
has touchscreen
comes with face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (204 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have mic support
33
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
lighter than competitors (112g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic jack
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic S2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-12-19 2012-01-09
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3448 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 1,036k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/50 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 204 gr (0.45 lbs) 112 gr (0.25 lbs)
Dimensions 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") 98 x 57 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 images 280 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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