Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 front

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 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
  • Successor is Panasonic GM5
Panasonic SZ10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 60 x 30mm
  • Released January 2015
Photography Glossary

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Panasonic GM1 versus Panasonic SZ10, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both produced by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GM1 (16MP) and the SZ10 (16MP) is relatively well matched but the GM1 (Four Thirds) and SZ10 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The GM1 was introduced 12 months before the SZ10 so they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GM1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic SZ10 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the GM1 matches up against the SZ10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GM1 over the Panasonic SZ10

 GM1 SZ10 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen resolution1036k460kClearer screen (+576k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ10 over the Panasonic GM1

 SZ10 GM1 
ReleasedJanuary 2015December 2013More modern by 12 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic SZ10

 GM1 SZ10 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic GM1 comes with outer measurements of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") along with a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ10 has sizing of 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 177 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the GM1 and the SZ10.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the GM1 and SZ10 is 93 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizes merely by looking at a spec sheet. The picture here might offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the GM1 and SZ10.

Clearly, the two cameras have the same megapixels albeit not the same sensor sizes. The GM1 features the bigger sensor which is going to make obtaining bokeh less difficult. The more aged GM1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Portrait photography information
Panasonic SZ10 Portrait photography information
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GM1
Street photography with Panasonic SZ10
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
boasts focus by touch
lighter than average (204g)
good high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (177 grams)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Sports photography info
Panasonic SZ10 Sports photography info
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (230 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
continuous shooting slow (1.4 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (200 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GM1 Travel photography advice
Panasonic SZ10 Travel photography advice
lighter than average (204g)
boasts focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
terrible battery pack (230 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lighter than competitors (177g)
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long reach (288mm)
no Time Lapse recording
terrible battery (200 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GM1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic SZ10 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (230 CIPA)
rather wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
terrible battery (200 per charge)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GM1
Vlogging with Panasonic SZ10
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (204g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of mic jack
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
lighter than competitors (177 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic jack
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Panasonic GM1 vs Panasonic SZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GM1 and Panasonic SZ10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-12-19 2015-01-06
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 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3448 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 9
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-288mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.1-6.3
Available lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,036k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Slowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/500s 1/2000s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 1.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 5.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/50s -
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) 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 204g (0.45 lb) 177g (0.39 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") 99 x 60 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 660 not tested
Battery life 230 photographs 200 photographs
Form of battery 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 1 1
Launch cost $750 $200