Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Pentax MX-1 belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Pentax MX-1 is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. One of the key common traits of both cameras we are looking at is sensor. Both Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, are equipped with the same 12.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Pentax MX-1 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Key Features:
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||12 vs 10.5||1.5 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 460k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.3 vs 10.3||Better dynamic range|
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||81.5% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||3 fps vs Yes fps||2 fps faster|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||330 shots vs 290 shots||40 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||360 g vs 391 g||31 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||21.1 vs 20.4||Better color depth|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||463 vs 208||Better High ISO performance|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 460k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 31g less than the Pentax MX-1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.2x larger than the one featured in Pentax MX-1. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax MX-1||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax MX-1 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax MX-1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax MX-1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Pentax MX-1||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1|
|Announced||Jul 01, 2013||Jan 19, 2009|
|Body Type||Compact||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7"||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||3,200|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||x|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||49||53|
|DxO Color Depth||20.4||21.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.3||10.3|
|DxO Low Light ISO||208||463|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||391 g||360 g|
|Physical Dimensions||122 x 61 x 51 mm||124 x 84 x 45 mm|
|Battery Life||290 shots||330 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/MMC/SDHC card|