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Panasonic GF1 vs GH1 vs. G1 key differences

 
Canon EOS 40D
Panasonic DMC GF1
Canon EOS 40D
Panasonic DMC GH1
Canon EOS 40D
Panasonic DMC G1
Sensor • 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.11 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 14.0 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.11 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
Image sizes • 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
• 2816 x 2112 (4:3)
• 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
• 4000 x 2672 (3:2)
• 2816 x 1880 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1360 (3:2)
• 4000 x 2248 (16:9)
• 2816 x 1584 (16:9)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 2992 x 2992 (1:1)
• 2112 x 2112 (1:1)
• 1504 x 1504 (1:1)
• 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
• 2816 x 2112 (4:3)
• 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
• 4128 x 2752 (3:2)
• 2928 x 1952 (3:2)
• 2064 x 1376 (3:2)
• 4352 x 2448 (16:9)
• 3072 x 1728 (16:9)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 2992 x 2992 (1:1)
• 2112 x 2112 (1:1)
• 1504 x 1504 (1:1)
• 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
• 2816 x 2112 (4:3)
• 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
• 4000 x 2672 (3:2)
• 2816 x 1880 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1360 (3:2)
• 4000 x 2248 (16:9)
• 2816 x 1584 (16:9)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Aspect ratio • 4:3
• 3:2
• 16:9
• 1:1

• 4:3
• 3:2
• 16:9
• 1:1

• 4:3
• 3:2
• 16:9
Video mode • AVCHD :
1280 x 720

• Motion JPEG:
1280 x 720, 30fps
848 x 480, 30fps
640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps

• Mono sound

• AVCHD :
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720

• Motion JPEG:
1280 x 720, 30fps
848 x 480, 30fps
640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps
 
• Stereo sound

No video capability
Metering modes • Intelligent Multiple
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
• Intelligent Multiple
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
• Multiple-Weighted
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
AE Bracketing • 3,5,7 frames
• 1/3 or 2/3 , +/-2.0 EV steps
• 3,5,7 frames
• 1/3 or 2/3 , +/-2.0 EV steps
• 3,5,7 frames
• 1/3 or 2/3 , +/-2.0 EV steps
(with latest firmware)
Connectors • USB 2.0 (High Speed)
• Video output (PAL / NTSC)
• HDMI
• Wired remote control DMW-RSL1 (optional)

• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
• Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
• HDMI Type C
• external microphone
• Wired remote control DMW-RSL1 (optional)

• USB 2.0 (High Speed)
• Video output (PAL / NTSC)
• HDMI

• Wired remote control DMW-RSL1 (optional)
Dimensions 119 mm x 71 mm x 36.3 mm 124 mm x 90mm x 45 mm 124 mm x 84 mm x 45 mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 285 g (10.05 oz)
Approx. 385g / 13.58 oz Approx. 335 g / 11.8 oz

Panasonic GF1 vs Olympus E-P1: key differences

There's a full comparison between the GF1 and E-P1 further on in this review but for now let's just concentrate on the key differences and the strengths and weaknesses of each. The key specifications are, unsurprisingly, very similar (they share a sensor and lens mount) and the differences are small in most cases, Overall the cameras are pretty much even, though there are less tangible areas where they differ more than the spec charts might suggest.

Panasonic GF1 key advantages

  • Faster autofocus and AF subject tracking
  • Higher resolution screen (twice as many dots)
  • Built in flash
  • Optional Viewfinder
  • AVCHD Lite
  • Fast (F1.7) pancake lens

Olympus E-P1 key advantages

  • Currently supports autofocus on a wider range of Olympus Four Thirds lenses
  • In-body IS
  • Collapsible kit zoom
  • Stereo Sound
  • Dual control dials
  • Art Filters
  Panasonic GF1 Olympus E-P1
Sensor • 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.11 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
Kit lens options

• Lumix 20mm F1.7 G ASPH (pancake)
• Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH

• M ZUIKO 17mm F2.8 (pancake)
• M ZUIKO 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
Video mode • AVCHD :

• Motion JPEG:
1280 x 720, 30fps
848 x 480, 30fps
640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps
• Motion JPEG
• 1280 x 720, 30 fps
• 640 x 480, 30 fps
Audio Mono Stereo (PCM)
Image Stabilization Lens Body
Control Dials One (dual function turn/click) Two separate dials
Screen

• 3.0" TFT LCD
• 460,000 pixels

• 3.0" HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating
• 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder Optional VLF1 electronic viewfinder Optional optical viewfinder for 17mm lens
Flash Built-in GN 6.0 flash None
Sensitivity ISO 100-3200 ISO 100 - 6400
Metering modes • Intelligent Multiple
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
• Digital ESP
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (2%)
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
Autofocus compatibility Currently Limited to Micro Four Thirds lenses and those Four Thirds lenses that allow Live View AF on a DSLR. All Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses
Dimensions 119 mm x 71 mm x 36.3 mm 126 x 70 x 36.4 mm (4.9 x 2.8 x 1.4 in)
Weight (body only) Approx. 285 g (10.05 oz)
Approx 335 g (0.9lb)
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