Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs Sony Alpha A5100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a maximum focal length of 84mm, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is only a 75mm maximum focal length digital camera (9mm shorter).
50% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 60s maximum shutter speed. That's 30s longer than the Sony Alpha A5100 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
Moderately smaller lens diameter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a lens diameter of 60.6mm, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 64.7mm lens diameter digital camera (4.1mm bigger).
10% bigger battery capacity Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 1,200mAh battery. That's 120mAh bigger than the Sony Alpha A5100 (1,080mAh).
One more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has 10 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 has 9 awards.
A bit better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 85% based on 65 reviews, however the average rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 82% (based on 61 reviews).
17 Reasons For
8.25MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a megapixel count of 24.3MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is only a 16.05MP digital camera (8.25MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

2.94x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has an optical zoom of 3.1x, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is only a 0.16x optical zoom digital camera (2.94x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a digital zoom of 8x, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (4x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

14 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a maximum aperture of 36, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is only a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (14 bigger).
4mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a minimum focal length of 24mm, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm longer).
One hundred and fifty-six more auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Sony Alpha A5100 is 179.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 only has 23.00 auto focus points.
60 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera (60 bigger).
52% lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera. That's 116g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (224g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A lot shorter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a height of 62.8mm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is an 84.6mm tall digital camera (21.8mm taller).
Thinner Edit
Sony Alpha A5100 is 35.7mm deep, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 71.4mm deep digital camera (35.7mm thicker).
Narrower Edit
Sony Alpha A5100 is 109.6mm wide, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 122.45mm wide digital camera (12.85mm wider).
43% lighter lens weight Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 116g lens weight digital camera. That's 49g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (116g).
2x shorter lens length Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a lens length of 29.9mm, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 63.6mm lens length digital camera (33.7mm longer).
£170 cheaper
The Sony Alpha A5100 is £170.01 cheaper than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6.
Available from 3 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 136621 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 ranks No. 240909.
User reviews are a bit better
Based on 149 reviews, the Sony Alpha A5100 has an average user review score of 91%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has an average rating of 88% (based on 5 reviews).

Reasons Against

18 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 16.05MP digital camera. That's 8.25MP lower than the Sony Alpha A5100 (24.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Significantly smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 0.16x optical zoom digital camera. That's 2.94x smaller than the Sony Alpha A5100 (3.1x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 4x smaller than the Sony Alpha A5100 (8x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 14 bigger than the Sony Alpha A5100 (36).
15% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 4mm longer than the Sony Alpha A5100 (24mm).
Only 23.00 auto focus points Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 23.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 only has 179.00 auto focus points.
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 60 bigger than the Sony Alpha A5100 (100).
116g heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a weight of 340g, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera (116g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

26% taller Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 84.6mm tall. That's 21.8mm taller than the Sony Alpha A5100 (62.8mm).
50% thicker Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 71.4mm deep digital camera. That's 35.7mm thicker than the Sony Alpha A5100 (35.7mm).
12.85mm wider Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 122.45mm wide digital camera. That's 12.85mm wider than the Sony Alpha A5100 (109.6mm).
49g heavier lens weight Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a lens weight of 165g, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 116g lens weight digital camera (49g lighter).
53% longer lens length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 63.6mm lens length digital camera. That's 33.7mm longer than the Sony Alpha A5100 (29.9mm).
More expensive by £170
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is £170.01 more expensive than the Sony Alpha A5100.
Less retailers
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is only stocked by 2 stores, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 is stocked by 5 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by six months
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is six months older than the Sony Alpha A5100.
Less popular
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 240909 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Sony Alpha A5100 ranks No. 136621.
User review Rating is a bit Worse
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6's average user score is 88%, however the Sony Alpha A5100's is 91% (based on 149 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
12% shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 75mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 9mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (75mm).
Significantly shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 30s, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

99% longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (1s).
Bigger lens diameter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 64.7mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 4.1mm bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (64.7mm).
12% smaller battery capacity Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a battery capacity of 1,080mAh, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a 1,200mAh battery digital camera (120mAh bigger).
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A5100 has received 9 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has received 10 awards.
A bit Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 82%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 85% (based on 65 reviews).

Awards

10 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Recommended
Techradar: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
9 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
chip.com.my: Outstanding
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gagadget.com: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
ua.gecid.com: Easy to Use

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

35 months Ago 29 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
BEST
Megapixel Count
16.05MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 3264 x 1840
 2448 x 2448
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 3264 x 1840
 2448 x 2448
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 MPO
 JPG
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 MPO
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 24.7MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
0.16x 3.1x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 8x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
22 36
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
84mm
BEST
75mm
Minimum Focal Length
28mm 24mm
BEST
Focal Length Range
14 - 42 16 - 50
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
12/9 9/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 40.5mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
BEST
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
23 179
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 100
 Auto
 64
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 100
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
160 100
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide
11m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Range
0.5 - 9.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
 1920x1080@50fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.22x
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Underwater
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Underwater
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Skin tones
 Solarisation
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Skin tones
 Solarisation
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Multi-Shot Mode
 Multi-shot mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 RAW
 MPF
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 RAW
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment
-4 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Eye Relief
17.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Flower
 Self-portrait
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Flower
 Self-portrait

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
340g 224g
BEST
Height
84.6mm 62.8mm
BEST
Depth
71.4mm 35.7mm
BEST
Width
122.45mm 109.6mm
BEST
Lens Weight
165g 116g
BEST
Lens Length
63.6mm 29.9mm
BEST
Lens Diameter
60.6mm
BEST
64.7mm
Weight Including Battery
390g 283g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh
BEST
1,080mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 400 shots
Battery Voltage
7.2V 7.4V

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Wrist Strap
 Included wrist strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Feedback