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Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1X

We compare the Panasonic DMC GX7 to the Olympus OM-D E-M1X: 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 Olympus OM-D E-M1X on the right:

DMC GX7 vs OM-D E-M1X - Side by side

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

Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1X: 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

OM-D E-M1X

  • Introduced in January 2019
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 18 frames/second
  • 64 - 25600 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 144.4 x 156.8 x 75.4mm³ (5.7" x 6.2" x 3.0")
  • 997g (32.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M1X

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 OM-D E-M1X

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 OM-D E-M1X: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: Four Thirds. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: DMC GX7 an OM-D E-M1X sensor comparison

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

The Four Thirds sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 225mm² (8.9 sq.in.).

DMC GX7 vs OM-D E-M1X: The viewfinders

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

The OM-D E-M1X features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.83x.

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)

OM-D E-M1X (0.83x)

Simulated viewfinder of the DMC GX7Simulated viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1X

Advantage: Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Panasonic DMC GX7 on the left, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X in the right column:

Advantage Panasonic DMC GX7...

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

DMC GX7

OM-D E-M1X

Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.762.36
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)402g
(13.0 oz.)
997g
(32.2 oz.)
More portable (2)375cm³
(24 cu.in.)
1707cm³
(108 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GX7 are the better viewfinder, the built-in flash and the lower weight than the OM-D E-M1X. Another advantage over the OM-D E-M1X: the more compact size.

The DMC GX7 scores 10 points.

...and here's where the Olympus OM-D E-M1X has an edge...

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

DMC GX7

OM-D E-M1X

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.0020.40
Faster (4, frames/second)918
More AF points (4)23121
Sensitivity (4)200 - 25600 ISO64 - 25600 ISO
Better Video (2)1920 x 10804096 x 2160
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)320870
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M1X are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the superior video recording and the connector for an external microphone. Another advantage over the DMC GX7: that the battery has more stamina, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video and the built-in GPS.

Yields 28 points for the OM-D E-M1X.

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

DMC GX7

OM-D E-M1X

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
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, Olympus OM-D E-M1X on the right:

Front view of the DMC GX7 and the OM-D E-M1X...

DMC GX7 und OM-D E-M1X, front viewDMC GX7 und OM-D E-M1X, front view

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

DMC GX7 und OM-D E-M1X, view from aboveDMC GX7 und OM-D E-M1X, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Panasonic DMC GX7

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

10
28

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GX7

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Our rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X

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