Panasonic GF7 vs GM1 Comparison

January 29, 2015

Panasonic GF7 and GM1 side by side

In this article I will compare the Panasonic Lumix GF7 vs the GM1. Both are entry-level Micro Four Thirds Compact system cameras. These cameras are aimed for beginners and advanced photographers, as well as enthusiasts on a tighter budget.

If you are searching for an advanced interchangeable lens compact camera, both of these cameras are excellent choices.The GF7 was announced on January 20 2015, so it’s the newest of the two, compared to the GM1 which was announced on October 17, 2013.

Pricing wise, the GM1 is around $150 more expensive than the new GF7, and both come with the same 12-32mm  lens (*price comparison  as for 1/29/2015).

Now let’s take a look at the differences between the GF7 and the GM1.

GF7 vs GM1

Panasonic GF7Panasonic GM1
AnnouncedJanuary 20, 2015October 17, 2013
Build QualityMagnesium alloy frame. Dials, buttons and lever made of aluminum. Faux-leather front cover.Magnesium alloy frame. Dials, buttons and lever made of aluminum. Faux-leather front cover.
Sensor16.00MP
Micro Four Thirds (17.3x13.0mm)
CMOS

Supersonic wave filter (dust reduction mechanism)
16.00MP
Micro Four Thirds (17.3x13.0mm)
CMOS

Supersonic wave filter (dust reduction mechanism)
In-body
Stabilization
NoNo
ISO200-25600

100 (extended)
200 - 25600

125 (extended)
RawYesYes
AF System23 AF points
Contrast-detection

Modes: Face/Eye detection, Tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint

Range EV: -4 - 18
23 AF points
Contrast-detection

Modes: Face detection, Tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint

Range EV: -4 - 18
The GM1 lacks an eye detection AF.
Light Metering System1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system

Range: EV 0 - 18
1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system

Range: EV 0 - 18
LCD3"
1040K-dots
Touchscreen
180-degree Tiltable
3"
1036K-dots
Touchscreen
Fixed
A big difference here. The GF7 has a selfie-ready 180 degrees flipping screen, whether the GM1 display is fixed and can't be rotated at all.

This makes the GF7 a much better camera for selfie photo fans out there. It's also easier to take group shots as well.
Built-in FlashYes (4.00m)Yes (4.00m)
External FlashNo, no hot-shoeNo, no hot-shoe
Shutter Speed60 - 1/16,000 sec.60 - 1/16,000 sec.
Burst Speed5.8 sec5.0 fps
The GF7 has a slightly faster burst, but nothing significant which should lead you to prefer one over the other.
Exposure Compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Video Recording1080p60
1080p30
1080p24

720p30

Stereo sound

MPEG-4, AVCHD

*NTSC
1080p30
1080p24
1080i60

720p60 (progressive)
720p30

Stereo

MPEG-4, AVCHD

*NTSC
GF7 brings 1080p60 Full HD progressive frames video recording. This is better quality compared to 1080i60 interlaced frames, because in progressive frames, all the fields of the frame are recording, whether in interlaced, only either the odd lines or even lines are recorded. If you intend to apply slow motion or love editing videos before publishing them, the GF7 offering is better for this job.

There is no mic input in either the GM1 or the GF7, as well as no headphone jack for audio monitoring.
WirelessWi-Fi + NFCWi-Fi
The GF7 has NFC, which make it easier to bind the camera with an Wi-Fi enabled smart device, like smartphone or tablet. You do that by just touching the two devices and accept the connection.

Both cameras gives you the ability to use the smartphone or tablet as a remote trigger device and remote.

Both cameras support easy sharing of photos, auto geotagging photos using the phone's GPD and instant image transfer from the camera to the smartphone or tablet.
Battery Life (CIPA)230 shots230 shots
Weight266 g (0.59 lb / 9.38 oz)204 g (0.45 lb / 7.20 oz)
Dimensions107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″)99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2″)
Timelapse RecordingYes

Time lapse shot mode (Start time, number of shots (1-9999), shooting interval image count). Choose interval between 1 second to 99min99sec.
Yes

Time lapse shot mode (Start time, number of shots (1-9999), shooting interval image count). Choose interval between 1 second to 99min99sec.
Built-in GPSNoNo

Both cameras look great on the outside. The GM1 is more compact, but you give up on the flip screen which is certainly useful for taking selfies and when recording videos from below the eye line of sight.

At their core, both the GF7 and the GM1 are very much alike, although the new GF7 has 1080p60 progressive video recording, whether the GM1 has 1080i60 interlaced.  The GF7 also shoots slightly faster. The GF7 also brings NFC, so you can connect your camera with your smartphone without the need to search for the network and enter a password.

The GM7 with its advanced features even cost much less than the GM1. So all in all, it seems like an improved version of the GM1, but you can buy it for $150 less. Both cameras come with the same 12-43mm (H-FS12032) kit lens.

All this makes the GF7 a very attractive alternative to the GM1, although I personally really like the GM1′s compact size. The thing is that you want be carrying either cameras in your pocket, so I don’t think that this should be an important decision factor — the difference is not that big.

If I had to choose one, I would probably go with the GF7 fo its 1080p60, beautiful design and flipping screen, and all in all it offers a better value.

What’s your opinion, which one you prefer and why? — share your opinion in the comment section below.

 



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