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Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Fujifilm X-H1

We compare the Panasonic DMC GX7 to the Fujifilm X-H1: 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 GX7 is on the left, the Fujifilm X-H1 on the right:

DMC GX7 vs X-H1 - Side by side

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

Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Fujifilm X-H1: Specifications at a glance

DMC GX7

  • Introduced in September 2013
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 122.6 x 70.7 x 43.3mm³ (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7")
  • 402g (13.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GX7

X-H1

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 14 frames/second
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount X-Bajonett
  • WiFi built-in
  • 139.8 x 97.3 x 85.5mm³ (5.5" x 3.8" x 3.4")
  • 673g (21.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X-H1

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 GX7 and X-H1

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 GX7 vs X-H1: The sensors

The DMC GX7 features a Four Thirds sized sensor, while the X-H1 uses a APS-C sensor.

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

Infographic: DMC GX7 and X-H1 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 368mm² (0.59 sq.in.), the X-H1's sensor is somewhat larger that the chip that the DMC GX7 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: Fujifilm X-H1

DMC GX7 vs X-H1: The viewfinders

The DMC GX7 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.70x.

The X-H1 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.69 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.75x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

DMC GX7 (0.70x)

X-H1 (0.75x)

Simulated viewfinder of the DMC GX7Simulated viewfinder of the X-H1

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Panasonic DMC GX7 on the left, the Fujifilm X-H1 in the right column:

Advantage Panasonic DMC GX7...

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

DMC GX7

X-H1

Sensitivity (4)200 - 25600 ISO200 - 12800 ISO
Larger lens selection (3)8025
Built-in flash (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)320310
Weighs less (2)402g
(13.0 oz.)
673g
(21.7 oz.)
More portable (2)375cm³
(24 cu.in.)
1163cm³
(73 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GX7 are the larger sensitivity, the larger selection of lenses and the built-in flash. A nice touch is that the battery has more stamina, the lower weight than the X-H1 and the more compact size.

The DMC GX7 scores 16 points.

...and here's where the Fujifilm X-H1 has an edge...

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

DMC GX7

X-H1

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.0024.30
Faster (4, frames/second)914
More AF points (4)23325
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.763.69
Better Video (2)1920 x 10804096 x 2160
External microphone (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X-H1 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Fujifilm are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the better viewfinder and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the X-H1 is made easy by the connector for an external microphone, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 28 points for the X-H1.

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

DMC GX7

X-H1

Sensor cleaning
Image stabilizer
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Panasonic DMC GX7 again on the left, Fujifilm X-H1 on the right:

Front view of the DMC GX7 and the X-H1...

DMC GX7 und X-H1, front viewDMC GX7 und X-H1, front view

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

DMC GX7 und X-H1, view from aboveDMC GX7 und X-H1, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Panasonic DMC GX7

Fujifilm X-H1

16
28

CameraCreativ recommends the Fujifilm X-H1.

Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GX7

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Our rating of the Fujifilm X-H1

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