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Panasonic DMC GM1 vs Sony Alpha A6300

We compare the Panasonic DMC GM1 to the Sony Alpha A6300: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Panasonic DMC GM1 is on the left, the Sony Alpha A6300 on the right:

DMC GM1 vs Alpha A6300 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Panasonic DMC GM1 vs Sony Alpha A6300: Specifications at a glance

DMC GM1

  • Introduced in November 2013
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4mm³ (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
  • 204g (6.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GM1

Alpha A6300

  • Introduced in February 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 11 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 120 x 66.9 x 48.8mm³ (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9")
  • 361g (11.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha A6300

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for DMC GM1 and Alpha A6300

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

DMC GM1 vs Alpha A6300: The sensors

The DMC GM1 features a Four Thirds sized sensor, while the Alpha A6300 uses a APS-C sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: DMC GM1 and Alpha A6300 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Featuring an area of 367mm² (0.59 sq.in.), the Alpha A6300's sensor is somewhat larger that the chip that the DMC GM1 employs at 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.). A larger sensor can produce images of interiors or at night that have less noise and better contrast than photos shot with Four Thirds sized chips.

Advantage: Sony Alpha A6300

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Panasonic DMC GM1 on the left, the Sony Alpha A6300 in the right column:

Advantage Panasonic DMC GM1...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

DMC GM1

Alpha A6300

Larger lens selection (3)8050
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Touch screen (2)
Weighs less (2)204g
(6.6 oz.)
361g
(11.6 oz.)
More portable (2)164cm³
(10 cu.in.)
392cm³
(25 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GM1 are the larger selection of lenses, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the DMC GM1 is made easy by the lower weight than the Alpha A6300 and the more compact size.

The DMC GM1 scores 11 points.

...and here's where the Sony Alpha A6300 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

DMC GM1

Alpha A6300

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.0024.30
Faster (4, frames/second)511
More AF points (4)23425
Sensitivity (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Articulated monitor (2)
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)220400

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha A6300 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Sony are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and the articulated display. A recommendation of the Alpha A6300 is made easy by the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 31 points for the Alpha A6300.

...and here's what both have in common

DMC GM1

Alpha A6300

Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Panasonic DMC GM1 again on the left, Sony Alpha A6300 on the right:

Front view of the DMC GM1 and the Alpha A6300...

DMC GM1 und Alpha A6300, front viewDMC GM1 und Alpha A6300, front view

...and here we see the Panasonic and the Sony from above:

DMC GM1 und Alpha A6300, view from aboveDMC GM1 und Alpha A6300, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Panasonic DMC GM1

Sony Alpha A6300

11
31

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Alpha A6300.

Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GM1

Panasonic's GX800 (US: GX850) is a very compact mirrorless ILC with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and 16 megapixel resolution. The camera has a very good feature set: Wifi, 4K video, and built-in functions for panoramas and time lapse recordings. A viewfinder is missing to keep the camera pocketable. The display is articulated and can be flipped a full 180 degrees, ideal for selfies. As it stands, the GX800 (GX850) is one of the most affordable and smallest MFT cameras. The provided resolution allows prints up to size A3. Recommended lens to keep the total size down: Panasonic 20mm F1.7 pancake. Mediocre battery life, a spare battery is recommended.

For an alternative with built-in image tabilizer and viewfinder see the Panasonic GX80 (US: GX85).

Our rating of the Sony Alpha A6300

Sony's A6300 and A6500 are the manufacturer's flag ship mirrorless APS-C cameras with interchangeable lenses. The A6300 is the cheaper model, the main difference to the A6500 is the lack of a built-in stabilizer. The camera has an excellent and very comprehensive feature set: Wifi connectivity is built-in as is support for 4K video. Also available is a dedicated panorama mode. According to Sony, the provided autofocus is the fastest in class. The camera features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36 megapixel) with a magnification of c. 0.70x, a very good value given the size of the camera body.

If you don't need the latest or greatest, the predecessor Sony A6000 (2014) is worth a second look. No 4K video and less resolution in the viewfinder but everything else is pretty much identical for a much lower price.

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