Panasonic Lumix GX-1 compared to my G3

I’m curious about the interest in the “premium” GX1 and how it compares to my G3.

As far as i can tell, the GX-1 is an update to the GF-1 / GF-2 body style, but with the G3 sensor and internals. That’s the 30,000 foot view of it, anyways.

So, what are the technical differences?

The GX-1 improves on the G3 with:


  • electronic level
  • a bit smarter button layout
  • tacky rubbery grip areas for better, um, grip
  • slightly faster autofocus (0.09 sec vs. 0.1 sec for my G3)
  • slightly faster frame rate and larger buffer – 4.2 fps vs. 4.0 fps, 9 frames vs. 7


The G3 boasts these features over the GX-1:


  • integrated EVF
  • articulating screen
  • longer battery life


For fans of the GF series, I suspect the GX-1 trumps them all and should be an obvious upgrade.

For me, I could use the level and the better button layout, and I’d love the better grip. I’m not sure it’s worth swapping for, though. I think I’ll try to add some grippy faux-leather stuff to my G3 and call it good.

You can get a great price on either the GX1 or the G3 at Adorama.


Studying the Masters

I’m not much of a portrait photographer, but this book had me mesmerized last night at the library.

Archibald Belaney (Grew Owl)

George Bernard Shaw (poet)

Audrey Hepburn (actress)