GM, GX, G, LX - Oly user not sure of differences

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by GBarrington, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Veteran

    I admit it! I get confused by Panasonic's naming conventions. There at least appears to be a bewildering number of Panny product lines to someone who is used to keeping track of just two very different ergonomic designs. Can someone provide a quick logical breakdown of how the naming conventions Panasonic uses applies to the cameras?
  2. undergrd

    undergrd Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2012
    Not sure how Panasonic categorize them but this is my observation:
    GH - High end (DSLR style)
    GX - Advance (Rangefinder style)
    G - Entry (DSLR style)
    GM - Entry compact/mini size (Rangefinder style)
    LX - Advance compact (Rangefinder style and unable to change lenses)
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  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Pretty reasonable.

    To offer the closest analogue I can to Olympus' line-up...

    GH = E-M1 (flagship)
    GX = E-M5 / E-P (high end)
    G = E-M10 (entry level but full-featured)
    GF = E-PL (entry level, compact)
    GM = E-PM (super compact, with compromises)

    The categorization doesn't fit exactly, since the GX8 is in many ways Panasonic's true flagship and compares directly with the E-M1, and the GM cameras are both smaller and more premium than the E-PM2, but it's the closest way I can think to compare them.
  4. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks guys! Much appreciated.
  5. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    This is funny because I have no idea how to discern the differences between all the cameras in the olympus line up! they all look the same and even when I look at a comparison chart their line up makes no sense to me.
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  6. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Veteran

    I just break them down into 'Viewfinder/No Viewfinder'. I want one, but not the other.
  7. amphibulous

    amphibulous Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 16, 2015
    It's better to split them into separate lines:

    DSLR style: GH > G
    Rangefinder: GX > GF
    Subcompact: GM5 > GM1

    The cameras to the left are bulkier and more expensive; the ranges to the top are heavier.
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