Sony RX100 III vs Panasonic GM1 Comparison

June 24, 2014

Sony RX100 III and Panasonic Lumix GM1 cameras side by side

In this article I will compare the Sony RX100 III (RX100M3) vs Panasonic Lumix GM1. A large-sensor pocket camera versus the world’s smallest MFT camera as of the time of writing, the Panasonic GM1. It’s an interesting comparison for those looking for a compact camera that can provide them with high quality image and advanced features. Those two cameras are indeed different by definition, and having the option to change lenses might convince you to get the GM1 instead of the RX100 III.  The GM1 is indeed smaller than the RX100 III without a lens attached, but as you attach a roughly equivalent lens, the total volume changes drastically, and I will also talk about that in the article.

Two popular cameras, each one with its own cons and pros. If you are having trouble deciding between those two cameras, I’m here to help you out. I’m pretty sure that after reading this article, you’ll have a much better understanding what each camera brings and which camera offers the best features for your specific shooting style.  So without further ado, let’s begin our comparison!

I will start with a short introduction to each camera, and we’ll talk about the difference in-depth later on.

Panasonic Lumix GM1

As of the time of writing, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is the world’s smallest mirrorless camera. There is much more to it than its cute look. It’s important to understand that the GM1 without a lens can’t take pictures. If you are coming from P&S, you need to understand that after mounting a lens, the camera actually loses its compactness advantage — but that’s depends which lens you attach to the camera, let me explain..

Panasonic GM1 with lenses attached vs Sony RX100 III size comparison

In the same order: GM1 + 12-35mm f/2.8, Sony RX100 III, GM1 + Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 (CLICK to view on

The following screenshot from website tells the size story quite well.  At the left side you can see the GM1 with a fast 12-35mm F2.8 lens, and you can see that as a whole (body + lens), it’s much bigger than the RX100 III that has a built-in 24-70mm equivalent lens. On the left side we also have the GM1, but this time with a small pancake lens, and you can see that it helps maintain it’s compactness. Pancake lenses are prime lenses that were designed to be very slim and compact in size. That said, those lenses have a fixed/single focal length, and although fast, they don’t offer any optical zoom. Even with the 14mm which is one of the smallest pancake lenses, the lens still extends quite a bit and it’s not retractable as the RX100 III lens that extended when zooming in and retract back when zooming out, with the ability to be completely hidden inside the lens compartment to maintain a compact size. This means that even with such a slim MFT lens, it still not pocketable, unless you have large pockets and don’t mind the bulge that it gives.

GM1 Optional Grip

People with small hands will appreciate the GM1 size, but those with large hands will appreciate the ergonomics of a larger camera. Neither way, the two cameras don’t offer any good ergonomics and lack a hand grip for firm holding of the camera.  You can buy the Sony AGR1 hand grip or Richard Franiec’s custom grip for the RX100III/RX100II/RX100 cameras, and this will give you a good grip. The GM1 also has an official Panasonic DMW-HGR1-S grip which provides enhanced stability and a comfortable hold. Richard Franiec also provides a custom grip for the GM1 as well.

As Compact as its Attached Lens

I personally think that people whom buy these type of cameras prefer them to be as compact as possible, so I don’t see this as an issue at all. The Panasonic GM1 is as compact as its attached lens, so if you want to be more portable, you should look at one of Panasonic’s or Olympus (or any third party MFT lens, all Micro Four Thirds lenses are compatible with the GM1) pancake lenses, or go with one of its small zoom lenses, like the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm, Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ ultra compact lens, which are relatively small and lightweight.

TIP: The only two lenses that I know that can make the GM1 match the RX100 III compactness is the Olympus 15mm body cap lens and the 9mm Fisheye body cap lens, those two are an exception and they are two prime lenses which are super slim – but again, there is no zoom, these two have a fixed focal length (1x zoom).

Here’s how the GM1 looks when compared to other Panasonic MFT cameras, the GM1, GF6, GX7 and G6.

Panasonic GM1, GF6, GX7 and G6 size comparison

Panasonic GM1, GF6, GX7 and G6 size comparison (via

OK, now that we put the camera size in place, let’s move on..

GM1 Design & Features

The GM1 is small and lightweight and built with polished magnesium alloy frame, which makes it light and durable, ensures that the camera can withstand some degree of abusive use without breaking. It’s external buttons and dials and lever are made of aluminum, which gives the camera it’s prestige looks and feel. You feel that you hold a high-quality camera in your hands, and that’s always good!

The GM1 features a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor (17.3x13mm). This is referred to by the community as a large-sensor, as it’s much larger than the conventional sensor found on many point-and-shoot cameras (e.g. 1/2.3″), but it’s smaller than the APS-C and Full Frame ones (see image below).

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

The camera features a 23-point contrast-detect AF system and 1728-zone multi-pattern light metering system, the same as the one found on the Panasonic GF6, GX7 and G6 MFT cameras.  At the back of the camera you get a fixed 3.0 1036K-dot touchscreen display. The GM1 lacks an eye-level viewfinder, but that’s quite understandable considering it’s small body (well, that’s true until Sony surprised us with its pop-up EVF mechanism with the RX100 III, more in the RX100 III key feature coverage).

In the following video by Blunty, you can see an unboxing of the GM1 (orange version) and see how it compares to the RX100 in terms of size. The camera has the 12-32mm lens kit attached, so you can also see how much it adds to the depth of the camera too.

Among it’s other key features are: RAW + JPEG shooting mode, Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (no NFC though), Silent shutter mode, AF assist lamp, WB/AE bracketing, 1/16000 sec. shutter speed, 5 fps burst shooting, built-in flash (not hot-shoe) and 1080p24 and 1080i60 video recording with stereo sound.

The GM1 grabbed many positive ratings and awards from leading camera review websites, including DPreview Gold Award. An overall very good performer with responsive touch-screen and wireless capability. It was criticized for its poor battery life (well, after all, it’s a small camera, so small battery), slow flash sync speed (1/50s), lack of viewfinder and it’s relatively expensive price.  The camera comes in either silver (top plate, black cover), black (top place and cover), white (white cover, silver plate) or orange (orange cover, silver top plate) finishes.

If you are searching for a compact highly capable mirrorless camera that is built well and captures high quality image and don’t mind its shortcoming, the GM1 is an excellent option. The MFT lens selection is also one of the advantages of this camera. You have a large selection of lenses to chose from, and you are not limited by using only Panasonic MFT lenses, you can use any MFT lenses available from any manufacturer.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

The Sony RX100 III replaces the popular RX100 II. The RX100 III is The best compact camera I’ve seen to date. It’s all starts with a 20.1 megapixel 1″-type Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor, the same sensor used in the previous model. As you can see from the sensor size comparison image above, a 1-inch sensor is significantly smaller than Micro Four Thirds and even much smaller than APS-C which can be found in many DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras as well.

This is a trade-off that Sony had to make in order to keep the camera price reasonable and the camera size as compact as it can. A few of the advantages that larger sensor have are improving image quality and low-light performance, as well as allowing blurry backgrounds (also depends on the lens and distance from subject).

In the next image you can see how big the 1-inch sensor is compared to 1/2.3″ one which can be found on many conventional compact cameras and even in some mobile phone cameras.

1-inch vs 1/2.3-inch sensor size comparison

1-inch vs 1/2.3-inch sensor size comparison

Speaking about lenses, the Sony RX100 III comes with a 24-70mm (equivalent) F1.8-2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens — 2.9x optical zoom. A high quality lens with Sony’s SteadyShot optical image stabilization. If you compare the RX100 III lens versus its predecessor, you can see that the camera loses 30mm at the tele-end, gains a wider 24mm FOV and it’s also much faster at the tele-end (f/2.8 instead of f/4.9). Sony also improved the optical design of the lens, utilizing a cementer lens design by combining two advanced aspherical elements together (the first time it’s done in lens manufacturing). The advanced lens construction allows Sony to produce a smaller lens with a wide angle of view. This HQ lens is coated using Zeiss unique T* coating that helps minimizing flare and ghosting and promote clear and beautiful images. The RX100 III accept filter adapters and has a programmable lens ring that provided intuitive control over the camera settings , including the zoom, aperture and focus.

Sony RX100 III selfie tilting display

Sony RX100 III with its selfie-ready tilting display lifted

RX100 M3 also incorporates a 3-stop built-in ND (Neutral density) filter.

At the top of the camera we have, probably the biggest surprise, a built-in OLED Electronic Viewfinder. The EVF is built inside the camera using a pop-up mechanism, so it doesn’t take any vertical or horizontal spacing when the camera is closed and in your pocket. This EVF also uses the same Zeiss T* coating as the lens, improves the visibility of the viewfinder and an eye-sensor to save on battery-life.

At the back you’ll find a 3-inch 1228.8K-dots tilting WhiteMagic (improved outdoor visibility) LCD which can tilts upward 180 degrees (easy to shoot selfies) and 45 degrees downward. Unfortunately for some, this is not a touch-sensitive display.

This is not all. The Sony RX100 III also improved upon its predecessor when it comes to video features. The RX100 II was praised for its HQ videos and the RX100 III makes it even better with a wide-range of frame rate options, including 1080p60 (progressive frames) video recording with stereo sound, the ability to shoot videos in XAVC S video format (100 Mbps bitrate), a Clear HDMI output and a 5-axis image stabilization (optical + digital) which included (first in the series), Sony’s frame analysis technology. All are suppose to improve the video quality and provide more options to video enthusiasts. Looking a few years back (yes, I am quite nostalgic now..), who have thought that we get to shoot with such a tiny pocket camcorder and shoot such high quality videos. You don’t have to make compromises on videos, as the RX100 III does both incredibly well. BTW, the RX100 III lacks a mic input and headphone jack.

One downside of the RX100 M3 is that it lacks the Multi interface shoe of the RX100 II. I can unerstand that Sony had to make room for the EVF, but this means that you won’t have the option to attach an external flash or an external microphone. That said, it shouldn’t be a problem whatsoever, and I assume that most people who buy this camera will be glad to use it ‘as-is’ without any add-ons, but I think that it’s important that you’ll be aware of it.

Among its other features are: the same 25 AF points as its predecessor, 10 fps burst speed in ‘Speed priority’, built-in pop-up flash, BIONZ X image processor (an upgrade from the RX100M2), Zebra pattern and focus peaking, Wi-Fi and NFC, sweep panorama, in-camera HDR, and PlayMemories downlodable apps.

*video by The DigitalDigest

The RX100 III is fast and responsive, high image quality for stills and videos and lots of built-in features that allows you to be more creative and to easily share your creative arts with others. If size matter to you and want a pocket camera, the RX100 III is in my opinion, your best option.

RX100 III vs GM1

As you can see, these are really impressive little cameras and it’s great to see where miniaturization brought us to. There are two different cameras by definition and might appeal to different audiences, depends on the use case. If you are debating between the two, and I assume that you do if you read this comparison review. You still haven’t decided whether to buy a pocket camera with all its cons and pros, or go with the interchangeable lens option that will give you an option to buy and use different lenses, which can be a huge benefit for the creative photographer who want to experiment with different type of lenses to get the best results.

If it wasn’t for the interchangeable lenses, I would probably pick the RX100 III for myself, but we can’t ignore that fact, and the question that remains is whether the RX100 III worth that trade-off?

In this section you’ll have the option to clearly see and understand that differences, as well as cons and pros of each camera versus the other. It will give you a good perspective of the things that might matter most to you, and hopefully will help you with your buying decision. The fixed-lens vs interchangeable lens is a topic that’s worth its own topic. But to put thing into context. With the GM1 you’ll have the option to choose from a wide variety of lenses, including some special lenses like a fisheye lens, 1:1 macro lens, super fast prime lenses, ultra-wide angle lenses, long telephoto zoom lenses, etc. For some people this is a necessity and opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities, but others might be satisfies with a walkaround lens that will serve its purpose for general photography. Not everyone needs that flexibility and versatility in its camera, some people just want a pocket camera that they can take everywhere they go, which is preferable for a camera they might leave at home most of the time. Something to keep in mind.

OK, let’s continue to the side by side comparison table.

Sony RX100 IIIPanasonic GM1
AnnouncedMay 16, 2014October 17, 2013
Build QualityAluminumMagnesium alloy frame. Dials, buttons and lever made of aluminum. Faux-leather front cover.
Both cameras are made with high-quality and durable materials. Magnesium is a lightweight substitute for aluminum, it around 33% lighter and magnesium better protects the camera against moisture and is known to be more durable, and with a coating added, it's also .

Magnesium is also used in cameras for its excellent heat dissipation, which is hundred times more efficient than polycarbonate.

Both cameras are well made, offering durable construction and a good professional feel when held in the hands.

None of the two cameras are weather-sealed.
Camera TypeLarge-sensor compactCompact System Camera
1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Exmor R (BSI-CMOS)
Micro Four Thirds (17.3x13.0mm)

Supersonic wave filter (dust reduction mechanism)
Pixel Size2.41 microns3.77 microns
The GM1 features a larger sensor and a lower resolution compared to the RX100 M3 also means larger pixels. This, theoretically, should give the GM1 an advantage in high ISO, but let's check it and see if this is indeed the case..
High ISO ComparisonThe following sample image observation results are based on images from imaging resource comparometer tool.

At base ISO, we can see that the GM1 produces sharper image and the texture material of the napkins is visible in the GM1, but less in the RX100 III, which might suggest better performance for macro photography (with the right lens for the GM1). Both are very clean at base ISO as expected.

Crossing ISO 800 and we can see that the RX100 III sensor gets noisier, while the GM1 image is still very clean, nothing to complain about.

At ISO 1600 the RX100 III is still usable but noisy in moderate degree, but good performance overall. ISO 1600 starts tickling the GM1 and we can see low degree of noise in some parts of the image, impressively clean though.

ISO 3200 for the RX100 III means lots of small details lost, lots of noise and big difference from ISO 1600. This is probably the highest ISO I would shoot with the RX100 III, but admirable performance considering its sensor size.

The GM1 does very well at ISO 3200, it's around one and a half stop better than the RX100 III.

At ISO 6400 the RX100 III looks like a wet paintaing, while the GM1 sensor still able to pull it off with noisy but usable image for small prints.

Winner: GM1 easily takes the lead with approximately 1.5 stops advantage over the RX100 III, but the RX100 III did an excellent job as well, but the pixel size certainly has a large effect on these results.

The good news is that the RX100 III features a fast lens, so you probably find yourself less in situations that you need to shoot at ISO 1600 and above, but it's there if you need it.

25600 Extended
Dimensions102 x 58 x 41 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61″)99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2″)
Weight290 g (0.64 lb / 10.23 oz)204 g (0.45 lb / 7.20 oz)
Without a lens, the GM1 is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the RX100 III. This means that without a lens, the GM1 can be easily put in a jeans pocket. In fact, there are some lens-cap lenses that still maintain a compact camera size, but when mounting other type of lenses, the GM1 would no longer be pocketable. I personally wouldn't buy a camera like the GM1 if I wanted a camera that I can carry in my pocket, that's what the RX100 III was designed for.

If you buy a camera like the GM1, you probably be getting one of its zoom lenses or with the 12-35mm Kit lens, which already makes it much thicker than the RX100 III and certainly not pocketable, and that's with only one lens, you might carry two or more lenses with you.

The GM1 is indeed very small and easy to carry, but you should add the lens size into account, don't forget about that.

This is one of the biggest advantages of the RX100III, the fact that you can carry it everywhere you go, inside your jeans or shirt pocket, and you know that there is always a HQ camera with you to capture great photos.

for the GM1, despite its compact body size, you'll need a camera bag to carry it with a lens. The main advantage of the GM1 comes with its lens selection and focal lengths and aperture versatility which you don't get with the RX100 III, and I will talk more about it in the lens section.
LensZeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
24-70mm F1.8-2.8 (equiv.)

10 elements in 9 groups

9 aspherical glass elements, 2 advanced aspherical (AA) elements (cemented together, * world's first)

7 diaphragm blades

2.9x optical zoom

5cm macro focus range

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

Built-in 3-stop ND Filter

Manual lens ring
One of the key difference between these two cameras. The GM1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, and by definition, it means that you have the ability to attach one of many Micro Four Thirds lenses. These can be lenses made by different manufacturers, not just Panasonic's. Every MFT lens, whether made by Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Tamron or others, all are compatible with the GM1.

This opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities as you can use different type of lenses that feature different focal lengths and aperture sizes, like a fisheye lens, ultra-wide angle lens, telephoto-zoom lenses, super-fast prime lenses, lens-cap lenses, etc.

The RX100 III comes with a fixed lens, and you can change this lens. The advantage is that it was designed and optimized for the sensor, and it's made very compact and retractable to keep the overall size of the camera small.

On the positive side, the RX100 III has a good focal length range for a walkaround lens and for general photography. It was designed with good macro capability, and lens elements to keep optical aberrations and distortions to minimum. The camera also incorporated a 3-stop ND filter which gives better control over the exposure and allows photographers to achieve various image effects by being able to shoot at slower shutter speeds for special image effect, without worrying about overexposure.

It really depends what your specific shooting style is. Some of you might prefer to give up on that flexibility in exchange to portability, while others wouldn't want to give up on that and prefer the greater versatility of the interchangeable lens option -- your choice, and you should put a great thought about it prior to deciding which camera to get.

Don't forget that those lenses add to the overall cost of the camera, and some of those lenses doesn't come cheap.

One last thing. The RX100 III accept filter adapters and has a programmable lens ring that provided intuitive control over the camera settings , including the zoom, aperture and focus.
AF System25 AF Points

Contrast-detect AF

- Single-shot
- Continuous AF
- direct Manual Focus (DMF)
- Manual focus

Focus sensitivity: EV 0 - 20
23 AF Points

Contrast-detect AF

- Touch AF
- Touch shutter
- MF assist
- Touch MF assist
- One shot AF
- Continuous AF
- Quick AF
- AF + MF

Focus sensitivity: EV -4 - 18
Neither have a hybrid AF, but both cameras have a fast AF performance in bright daylight, but the GM1 does a better job in low-light.

The AF system of the GM1 was tested by many leading reviewers and found it to be very fast. The GM1 uses Panasonic's reowned Light Speed AF system, whith its 240 fps data read out speed that drives the focus to perform at approximately 0.06 sec. According to its specs, the AF has a EV -4 - 18 detection range with its very sensitive and gives the GM1 its good AF performance under dim light situations, and it's more sensitive than the RX100 III one in low light situations.

Add to this the focus peaking and pin-point AF, the GM1 can handle most situations very well, both in auto-focus mode or manual focus.

Keep in mind that the AF performance also depends on the attached lens, some lenses have faster focusing mechanism than others.

So in general, the GM1 will give you faster AF performance overall with more focus options , including touch-AF options which are available due to the touch panel of the GM1.
Shutter Speed30-1/2000 sec60-1/16000 sec
The GM1 features much faster shutter speed and slower minimum shutter speed as well. Great for freezing the subjects and it gives you more control over the exposure, allowing shooting with very fast apertures at bright daylight and still get a well exposed image. The RX100 III has an ND filter for this, as it can't shoot faster than 1/2000 sec.
Tiltable (Up by approx. 180 degrees, down by approx. 45 degrees.)

Not touchscreen

The RX100 III is tiltable while the GM1 is fixed in place. With the RX100 III you can use the tiltable LCD for easy selfies and for easier high and low-angle composition while shooting stills and videos.

The GM1 enjoys a touch panel, which allows you to operate the camera via the rear LCD screen by just touching the screen, as well as some AF shooting options that are touch-based.
Built-in FlashYesYes
External FlashNoNo
Neither cameras have a hot-shoe (Multi-Interface shoe in case of the RX100III), which means that you cannot attach an external flash to these two cameras, but you get a pop-up flash, which although relatively weak, provided some degree of illumination when shooting in low-light situations.Yes
Continuous Shooting
(at full resolution)
10 fps5 fps
Exposure Compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 steps±3 steps
WB BracketingYesYes
Video1080p60 (progressive scan)



MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S (50 Mbps)

Clean HDMI output

* Supports XAVC S / 50Mbps bit rage. SDXC card with Class 10 or higher is required for XAVC S recording

720p60 (progressive)


Mic InputNoNo
Headphone JackNoNo
Both cameras offer a good amount of frame rate option and lots of video options to play with, especially the RX100 III.

The RX100 III offers 1080p60 progressive frame Full HD video recording, including the option to shoot with XAVC S video format (higher quality videos), has Clean HDMI output and slow-mo 720p video recording at 120 frames per second.

If you choose XAVC S you can shoot at either 60p, 24p (Full HD) or 120p (HD) at 50 Mbps.

Sony RX100 III also incorporates three video stabilization options which you can use. The first one is the Active SteadyShot which uses only 86 percent of the sensor (1.16x crop), and Intelligent Active SteadyShot that uses 77.5% of the sensor size (lower resolution video) and the third mode is with the Active SteadyShot turned off which uses the whole part of the sensor.

So the different video stabilization modes change the equivalent focal length for the scene. When shooting at 120 fps, the resolution drop significantly, as expected with fast fps videos.

Keep in mind that the Active stabilization is a digital stabilization, not optical. An optical stabilization does effect the video recording too, and that's provide the camera with its 5-axis (combined) overall stabilization for video recording. If it was a 5-axis optical stabilization like with the Olympus OM-D E-M5, there wasn't any resolution reduction. The extra space is needed to compensate and apply corrections for the camera movements while shooting hand-held.
Built-in (pop-up mechanism)
0.59x magnification
ZEISS T* coating
Not available
The GM1 lacks an eye-level viewfinder, but the RX100 III does come with one. You won't see it at first glance, because the EVF is built inside the camera with a pop-up mechanism.

It's a high-quality EVF with decent resolution, and it's one of the most surprising features that came with the RX100 III, I wasn't expecting that at all I got to tell you. This certainly helps when shooting in bright daylight where the rear-LCD doesn't provide enough brightness to provide good visibility, although the RX100 III rear LCD has very good visibility nevertheless. A great advantage for the RX100M3!
WirelessWi-Fi + NFCWi-Fi

Remote ControlYes (with RM-VPR1 wired)No
Battery Life (CIPA)320 shots230 shots
Built-in GPSNoNo
Panorama ShootingYes (sweep panorama)No
Built-in HDRYesYes
Timelapse RecordingNot built-in

Available via PlayMemories Camera Apps (downlodable app to the camera)

Time lapse shot mode (Start time, number of shots (1-9999), shooting interval image count). Choose interval between 1 second to 99min99sec.
Stop Motion AnimationNoYes
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Let’s take a look at some sample videos before we move on to the conclusion section..

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III sample video

Panasonic Lumix GM1 sample video


The RX100M3 and the GM1 have thing that is certainly in common, and that their compact size. I’ve already mentioned that the GM1 won’t be pocketable when used with lenses other than the lens-cap or a pancake lens, and even then, I would probably won’t be getting the GM1 if I wanted a camera that I can carry everywhere I go, that’s what the RX100 III is for.

The ability to attach lenses certainly gives the GM1 its power over the RX100 III, and for some of you this can be a well-worthy trade-off to make. Just imaging the great images you can capture with special lenses like a fisheye lens, or a super-fast prime lens. This is something that some of you might don’t want to miss out. If you see yourself shooting with only one lens, the RX100 III is a great option.

I can tell you from my own experience, that there were lots of times when I didn’t take my DSLR camera with me because it was a burden to carry around, and I’m sure that I would have been able to capture lots of wonderful shots if I had a high quality compact camera with me, yes, like the RX100. So a camera is worth as long as it’s with you, and if you feel connected to what I’m saying, the RX100 III might appeal better for your specific needs.

That said, the GM1 certainly has various advantage over the RX100 III:  better high ISO performance and sharper image across the ISO speed scale, faster AF performance and better AF performance in low-light, much faster maximum shutter speed, touch-screen with touch-AF shooting modes, can take 3D photos (with the Panasonic a 3D lens),  longer exposure shooting and a cheaper price (with the 12-32mm kit lens).

On the other side, the Sony RX100 III has some advantages that are really hard to ignore, and it’s really an all-around marvelous compact camera, this included: pocketable camera body, built-in lens-shift stabilization and 5-axis (digital + optical) stabilization for videos, tilting display (180 degrees for easy selfy shooting), built-in auto panorama mode (Sweep Panorama), much faster burst speed, high-speed movie recording (120 fps / 720p), 1080p60 video recording / XAVC S video format and Clean HDMI output, built-in viewfinder, Wi-Fi + NFC, remote control connector, better battery life, Time-lapse recording (via a downlodable app), built-in ND filter and higher resolution sensor.

The RX100 III is one of those cameras that was designed to appeal to a wider audience, those who can want a pocket camera, but don’t want to give up on image quality and features. If you don’t mind giving up on the interchangeable lens option, don’t mind for a slower AF in low-light and don’t mind the inferior high ISO performance (compared to the GM1), the Sony RX100 III should be a better option for you.

The GM1 allows you to grow with it as a photographer, and the option to mount various lenses makes it more exciting when you get out shooting. Each lens has its own characteristics, and some of you might feel quite limited with the RX100 III lens, especially considering its small optical zoom.  Those of you who have been shooting mostly using a mobile phone camera will certainly enjoy the high-quality images, pleasant blurry background effect and easy sharing using WiFi/NFC that the RX100 III brings. You’ll be able to capture very high-quality stills and videos and easily share them with others using your mobile device, or even use your mobile device to control the camera itself.

If you are more serious about exploring the world of photography and feel a need for lots of shooting angle versatility, the Panasonic Lumix GM1 is the best camera for you.

So as you can see, the decision shouldn’t be that hard after all. These are two different cameras, each one with its quite prominent advantage and disadvantages. If you want my opinion, I would pick up the RX100 III for myself because I want a camera that I can take everywhere I go, which gives me more options to capture photos that otherwise (without a camera) I wouldn’t able to shoot.  That said, you can get much more creative with the GM1 with its special lenses, something that many photographers won’t give up on, no matter what the size of the camera is.

So that’s it. What’s your opinion, which camera you prefer? — share your opinion in the comment’s section below, and please don’t forget to LIKE this article and our Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

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  • Herschel savage

    With compact cameras, for me the issue always comes down to image quality for a given size. With the smallest possible zoom lens being the kit lens for the GM1, it is 4x slower than the RX100 across the board, which roughly means the same low light image can be captured at ISO 1600 for the Sony vs ISO 6400 for the GM1.