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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7

Portability
90
Imaging
55
Features
70
Overall
61
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
41
Overall
39

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 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
  • Launched January 2017
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Panasonic SZ7
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Panasonic GX850 versus Panasonic SZ7, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Panasonic. The resolution of the GX850 (16MP) and the SZ7 (14MP) is very comparable but the GX850 (Four Thirds) and SZ7 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The GX850 was revealed 5 years later than the SZ7 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GX850 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic SZ7 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the GX850 matches up vs the SZ7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GX850 over the Panasonic SZ7

 GX850 SZ7 
IntroducedJanuary 2017January 2012More recent by 61 months
Manually focus More exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ7 over the Panasonic GX850

 SZ7 GX850 

Common features in the Panasonic GX850 and Panasonic SZ7

 GX850 SZ7 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera regularly, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic GX850 provides external dimensions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Panasonic SZ7 has measurements of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

See the Panasonic GX850 versus Panasonic SZ7 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the GX850 vs the SZ7.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the GX850 and SZ7 is 90 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to see the gap in sensor measurements purely by going through technical specs. The visual underneath might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the GX850 and SZ7.

As you have seen, both of these cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GX850 with its larger sensor will make getting bokeh easier and the Panasonic GX850 will provide extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The younger GX850 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic SZ7 Portrait photography advice
66
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
34
MP count good (14MP)
features face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Street photography highlights
Panasonic SZ7 Street photography highlights
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
boasts focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (133 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Sports photography information
Panasonic SZ7 Sports photography information
52
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (210 per charge)
no phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ7 Travel photography factors
79
boasts focus via touch
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery power (210 shots)
70
lighter than average in class (133g)
MP count good (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic SZ7 Landscape photography factors
71
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
no anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (210 shots)
42
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX850 Vlogging features
Panasonic SZ7 Vlogging features
73
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
provides face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lack of image stabilization
missing external mic port
35
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (133g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
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Panasonic GX850 vs Panasonic SZ7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GX850 and Panasonic SZ7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Also called as Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9 -
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2017-01-04 2012-01-09
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
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 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 4cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/500 secs 1/1600 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269g (0.59 lb) 133g (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 586 not tested
Other
Battery life 210 images 220 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage microSD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $548 $199