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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5

Portability
90
Imaging
55
Features
70
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Key Specs

Panasonic GX850
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Announced January 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Launched December 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic LX3
  • Successor is Panasonic LX7
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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Panasonic GX850 and Panasonic LX5, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are created by Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap among the sensor resolutions of the GX850 (16MP) and LX5 (10MP) and the GX850 (Four Thirds) and LX5 (1/1.63") use different sensor sizing.

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The GX850 was released 5 years after the LX5 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GX850 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LX5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the GX850 matches up against the LX5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GX850 over the Panasonic LX5

 GX850 LX5 
LaunchedJanuary 2017December 2011Newer by 62 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Panasonic GX850

 LX5 GX850 

Common features in the Panasonic GX850 and Panasonic LX5

 GX850 LX5 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera, you will need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GX850 comes with physical dimensions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") along with a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) and the Panasonic LX5 has proportions of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the GX850 vs the LX5.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GX850 and LX5 is 90 and 88 respectively.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions only by viewing a spec sheet. The picture here will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GX850 and LX5.

Clearly, both the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The GX850 because of its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic GX850 will render greater detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The newer GX850 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography factors
66
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
41
you can focus manually
delivers RAW formats
low MP (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Street photography features
Panasonic LX5 Street photography features
80
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
59
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/1.63")
heavier than competitors in class (271 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GX850
Sports photography with Panasonic LX5
52
silent mode (1/16,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500s)
no image stabilization
terrible battery (210 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
27
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
low MP (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Travel photography details
Panasonic LX5 Travel photography details
79
comes with touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery (210 per charge)
59
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (271g)
low MP (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GX850
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX5
71
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
terrible battery (210 per charge)
52
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low MP (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse mode
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX850 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Vlogging camera
73
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
no image stabilization
lack of microphone port
29
fairly wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
does not feature selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than competitors in class (271g)
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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic LX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GX850 and Panasonic LX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9 -
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2017-01-04 2011-12-15
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3448 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-90mm (3.8x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.0-3.3
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 4.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/500 secs 1/4000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 7.20 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 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 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269g (0.59 lb) 271g (0.60 lb)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 73 41
DXO Color Depth rating 23.2 19.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.3 10.8
DXO Low light rating 586 132
Other
Battery life 210 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media microSD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $548 $294