Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DMC-GX1 vs V1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 

Camera Rocket recommends the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1  based on its image quality and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Lumix DMC-GX1 vs Nikon 1 V1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-GX1
703 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GX1
2,500 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GX1
259 ms
Nikon 1 V1
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GX1
1,400 ms
Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GX1
4.2 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Features Key features of the Lumix DMC-GX1  vs Nikon 1 V1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Lumix DMC-GX1
12,800 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Lumix DMC-GX1
14.1 microns
Nikon 1 V1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Lumix DMC-GX1  vs Nikon 1 V1 

7.7
6.9
The familiar Panasonic clickable thumb dial that is used to adjust exposure compensation as well as shutter and aperture values makes the GX1 an easy camera on which to change exposure parameters between shots.
Lumix DMC-GX1

9.0
8.0
We'd still just give the edge to the G3 thanks to its built-in EVF and rotating LCD screen, and the Sony NEX-7 that we're also reviewing soon is definitely a very big rival, but if you want virtually all of Panasonic's compact system camera technologies in a small, customisable and intuitive package, the new Lumix DMC-GX1 fits the bill almost perfectly.
Lumix DMC-GX1

8.0
6.0
Its fast AF system and dual physical/ touchscreen control interface, coupled with a pleasing number of customisable buttons and shortcuts to frequently-used functions makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 a joy to shoot with.
Lumix DMC-GX1

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
7.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Lumix DMC-GX1  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Type LiveMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4616 x 3464 3872 x 2592
Size Four Thirds Nikon CX
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 2.7x
Pixel size 14.1 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 23 135
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 116 x 68 x 39 mm 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 39 mm 43.5 mm
Weight 318 g 294 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization

video

Lumix DMC-GX1  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Electronic
Coverage N/A 100%

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.2 fps 60 fps
Battery life 310 350
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
4.2 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 259 ms 97 ms
Shutter lag 72 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms 1,300 ms
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