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

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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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