Panasonic GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 front

Panasonic GX1 overview

Panasonic GX1 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally released on February of 2012. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic introduced the more recent Panasonic GX7 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The GX1 is rated #91 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all around #403 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GX1 history

The Panasonic GX1 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GX1 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GX1 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GX1 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GX1 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX1 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GX1 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX1 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX1 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX1 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GX1 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GX1 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX1 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GX1 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX1 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX1 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GX1 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX1 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GX1 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GX1 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX1 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GX1 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GX1 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic GX1 based on factors that are normally viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with HDMI socket
decent sized screen (3 inches)
features touch to focus
has touchscreen
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
offers tracking autofocus
saves RAW formats
you can focus manually
bad battery (300 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
missing external mic socket
missing headphone socket
missing Time Lapse function
no image stabilization
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
slow frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
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Panasonic GX1 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic GX1 houses the Venus Engine FHD processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic GX1 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 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 160 to 12800. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the GX1's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The GX1 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 graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GX1 dimensions

Panasonic GX1 has a weight of 0.70 lb (318 gr / 11.22 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 116mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Panasonic GX1 is on par as compared to various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Panasonic GX1 beside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the GX1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GX1 Lens specifications

The GX1 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available in the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the GX1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Leica-Summilux-DG-25mm-F1.4 lensPanasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.425mmf/1.4 200g
Samyang-35mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS35mmf/1.2420g
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OM-System-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-II lensOM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II12-40mmf/2.8 382g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-50-200mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS50-200mmf/2.8-4 655g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-100mm-F4.0-IS-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro12-100mmf/4 561g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-14-54mm-f2.8-3.5-II lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II14-54mmf/2.8-3.5 440g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-7-14mm-F2.8-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO7-14mmf/2.8 534g
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Panasonic GX1 Connectivity

The GX1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Panasonic GX1 Video specifications

The maximum video quality on the Panasonic GX1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you get little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider a different camera in case you want better sound in your videos.

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Panasonic GX1 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GX1 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.

Panasonic GX1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GX1 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily set focus point as well as change settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic GX1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Panasonic GX1 Shutter specifications

Panasonic GX1 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Panasonic GX1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic GX1 includes both integrated flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 seconds.

Panasonic GX1 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic GX1 includes just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor has got 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic GX1 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to change focus points. It also boasts Tracking AF for things on the move. Panasonic GX1 supports manual focusing when needed for low light situations or you need more exact control on focusing.

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Panasonic GX1 Battery life

The battery on the Panasonic GX1 is built to last for 300 photographs as per the CIPA standards making it lower when compared to its competition. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest possible (750) battery life for this category of cameras.

Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic GX1 for various types of photography

The following graph shows a summation of the Panasonic GX1 for various types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic GX1 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic GX1 has a score of 71 which is nice, meaning that it is a good fit for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW files

Panasonic GX1 Street photography info

With a nice score of 70, the Panasonic GX1 is a respectable choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has focus by touch
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GX1 Sports photography features

A modest sports photography score of 47 suggests the Panasonic GX1 is somewhat appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low battery (300 shots)
lack of phase detect AF

Panasonic GX1 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty important in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic GX1 gets a very good 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable choice for your vacations.

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has touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery pack (300 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Panasonic GX1 Landscape photography information

For anyone who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GX1 and it's very good rating of 62 as a landscape camera is a fine 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)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (300 per charge)
missing Timelapse function

Panasonic GX1 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic GX1 is not really good for vlogging as it delivers a really bad rating of 32.

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touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone support

Panasonic GX1 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the GX1, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart underneath shows you a summary of the GX1 vs it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might regard as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
7.60 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/160 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
318 grams (0.70 pounds)
116 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
Battery life
300 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch price