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, YI M1 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, YI M1 is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. YI M1 is equipped with a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 comes with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
YI M1 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Number Of Focus Points||81 vs 23||58 more focus points|
|Battery Life||450 shots vs 350 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||350 g vs 402 g||52 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||7 vs No||7 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs No||0.7 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps | 5.0 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 YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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, YI M1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 52g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7. 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 YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. YI M1 features a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor . Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and Venus Engine processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 by the size of their sensors.
YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
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 YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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||YI M1||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7|
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, YI M1 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, 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 YI M1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 deserves a higher Total Score than the YI M1. 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:
|YI M1||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7|
|Announced||Sep 19, 2016||Nov 07, 2013|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||4592 x 3448|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||125|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||94||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||81||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,765k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow||Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction|
|Video Resolutions||4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||350 g||402 g|
|Physical Dimensions||114 x 64 x 34 mm||123 x 71 x 55 mm|
|Battery Life||450 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|