- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 200 - 25600
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 204g - 99 x 55 x 30mm
- Launched December 2013
- Successor is Panasonic GM5
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic GM1 overview
Panasonic GM1 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially launched on December of 2013. The camera uses a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4592 x 3448.
Panasonic introduced the newer Panasonic GM5 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this camera.
The GM1 is positioned #76 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all round #356 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.
Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic GM1 family
The Panasonic GM1 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all past and newer models alongside main features.
GM1 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GM1 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GM1 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
GM1 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GM1 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
GM1 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GM1 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
GM1 vs GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
GM1 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GM1 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GM1 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
GM1 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GM1 vs GF512MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GM1 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GM1 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GM1 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GM1 vs GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GM1 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GM1 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GM1 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
GM1 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GM1 Gallery
You can check the GM1 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic GM1 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Panasonic GM1 based on criterias which are generally seen as essential in a camera.
Panasonic GM1 Sensor info
The sensor size in the Panasonic GM1 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and supports a native ISO range of 200 - 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.
The image underneath shows the GM1's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The GM1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic GM1 dimensions
Panasonic GM1 weighs about 0.45 pounds (204 grams or 7.20 oz) and features outer dimensions of 99mm x 55mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 grams so the Panasonic GM1 is lighter when compared to its competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a image of the Panasonic GM1 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the GM1.
Panasonic GM1 Lens info
The GM1 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GM1.
Panasonic GM1 Connectivity
The GM1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and sometimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Some applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic GM1 Video info
The highest video quality in the Panasonic GM1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance in quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to crop. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look into a different model should you require better audio in your video clips.
Panasonic GM1 Weather Sealing
Panasonic GM1 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.
Panasonic GM1 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GM1 houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 1,036k dots.
Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to switch focus points and adjust settings with your fingers.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic GM1 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic GM1 Shutter info
Panasonic GM1 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/500 sec. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could cause "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.
Panasonic GM1 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic GM1 boasts only inbuilt flash without external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/50 sec.
Panasonic GM1 Autofocus info
Panasonic GM1 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it useful for portraits.
It boasts 23 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GM1 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving things. Panasonic GM1 includes manual focus in case it is required in low light or you want to have more accurate control on focus.
Panasonic GM1 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic GM1 is built to last for 230 photographs with respect to the CIPA specifications which is less when compared to its rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest (650) battery life in this category of cameras.
Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:
GM1 vs NX mini650 yesnono
GM1 vs K-01540 yesnono
GM1 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
GM1 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
GM1 vs A3000470 yesnono
Panasonic GM1 for different forms of photography
The following graph presents a overview of the Panasonic GM1 for different forms of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Panasonic GM1
The Panasonic GM1 gets a rating of 65 which is above average, meaning that it is a very decent fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Panasonic GM1 Street photography features
Coming in at a fantastic rating of 77, the Panasonic GM1 is a excellent option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic GM1 Sports photography information
A decent sports photography rating of 49 suggests the Panasonic GM1 is fairly acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic GM1 Travel photography features
Size is very important when buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic GM1 gets a above average 74 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick for your trips.
Panasonic GM1 Landscape photography information
For those who are looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GM1 at it's above average rating of 69 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit in the current market.
Panasonic GM1 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Panasonic GM1 is not suitable for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 35.
Panasonic GM1 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the GM1, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line graph below gives you a bird's eye view of the GM1 vs it's top rated competitors shown above.
These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To review a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.