Panasonic GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 front

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 #80 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all round #369 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GM1 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GM1 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GM1 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GM1 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GM1 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GM1 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GM1 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GM1 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GM1 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GM1 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GM1 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GM1 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GM1 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GM1 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GM1 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GM1 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GM1 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GM1 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GM1 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GM1 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GM1 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

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.

above average ISO range (25,600)
boasts touch to focus
exports RAW files
features face detect focus
features tracking focus
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
includes HDMI socket
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
lighter than competition in class (204 grams)
manual focus
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
screen has good resolution (1,036 k dots)
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
can't use external flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low frames per second (5.0 fps)
low maximum shutter speed (1/500s)
missing headphone socket
missing mic socket
no phase detect auto focus
not so great battery power (230 shots)
screen does not articulate
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 329 grams so the Panasonic GM1 is lighter when compared to its competitors.

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Here is a image of the Panasonic GM1 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the GM1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-14mm-F2.5-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 II ASPH14mmf/2.5 55g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.614-42mmf/3.5-5.6 150g
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Lensbaby-Sol-22-Micro-Four-Thirds lensLensbaby Sol 2222mmf/3.5144g
Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-12-60mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-Power-OIS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
Venus-Laowa-4mm-F2.8-Fisheye-MFT lensVenus Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye MFT4mmf/2.8135g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-40mm-f2.8-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO12-40mmf/2.8 382g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest (750) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

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.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash

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.

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sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has touch to focus
lighter than average in class (204 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GM1 Sports photography information

A decent sports photography rating of 48 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.

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silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (230 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus

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.

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lighter than competitors in class (204g)
features touch focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
not so great battery (230 per charge)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen

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.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (230 CIPA)

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.

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built-in touchscreen
includes face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (204g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone socket

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.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Highest quiet shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
204 gr (0.45 pounds)
Physical dimensions
99 x 55 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
Battery life
230 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Retail pricing