Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs Sony Alpha A7S II

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
8.1MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a megapixel count of 20.3MP, however the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 12.2MP digital camera (8.1MP 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.

9.37MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a total megapixel count of 21.77MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 12.4MP digital camera (9.37MP less).
A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

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

A lot higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a lens magnification ratio of 1.54x, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 0.78x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.76x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

35% lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 435g digital camera. That's 149g lighter than the Sony Alpha A7S II (584g). 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.

£850 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 costs £490.00, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is £1,339.99.
Three more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has 11 awards, however the Sony Alpha A7S II has 8 awards.
Expert reviews are moderately better
Based on 58 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an average expert review score of 86%, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average rating of 84% (based on 48 reviews).
User reviews are better
Based on 14 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an average user review score of 100%, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average rating of 92% (based on 102 reviews).
6 Reasons For
384,000 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a maximum ISO speed of 409,600, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a minimum ISO speed of 50, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 bigger).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixels, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is only a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (188,800 pixels lower).
Bigger eye relief Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has an eye relief of 23mm. That's 2mm bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (23mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Fourty more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Sony Alpha A7S II is 370.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 only takes 330.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More popular
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 12590 by sales volume in our digital cameras, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 ranks No. 76503.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 409,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 higher).
50 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 50 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 smaller).
188,800 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a display resolution of 1,040,000 pixels, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (188,800 pixels higher).
Smaller eye relief Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is only 21mm Eye relief. That's 2mm smaller than the Sony Alpha A7S II (23mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Fourty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a digital camera that takes 330.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II only takes 370.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Three months older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is older than the Sony Alpha A7S II by three months.
Worse selling
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 ranks No. 76503 by sales volume, but the Sony Alpha A7S II ranks No. 12590.
10 Reasons Against
8.1MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a megapixel count of 12.2MP, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 20.3MP digital camera (8.1MP higher). 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.

9.37MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a total megapixel count of 12.4MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 21.77MP digital camera (9.37MP more).
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony Alpha A7S II is only 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 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.

Vastly lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a lens magnification ratio of 0.78x, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 1.54x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.76x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

26% heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 584g digital camera. That's 149g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (584g). 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.

£850 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A7S II is more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 by £849.99.
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Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A7S II has received 8 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has received 11 awards.
Marginally Lower expert review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II's average expert rating is 84%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's is 86% (based on 58 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II's average user rating is 92%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's is 100% (based on 14 reviews).

Awards

11 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Digital Versus: 5 Star
dkamera.de: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
8 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
What Digital Camera: Gold

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
20.3MP
BEST
12.2MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 3840 x 2160
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 4240 x 2832
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 3840 x 2160
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 4240 x 2832
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
BEST
 5184 x 3888
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 35.6 x 23.8
Total Megapixel Count
21.77MP
BEST
12.4MP
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
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
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
Splash Proof
 Splash proof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 169
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
 409600
 102400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
 409600
 102400
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 409,600
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 50
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 (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 3840x2160@25fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Format
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.95"
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Lens Magnification Ratio
1.54x
BEST
0.78x
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10
Multi-Shot Mode
 Multi-shot mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Crop
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment
-4 - 3 -4 - 3
Eye Relief
21mm 23mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
435g
BEST
584g
Height
77.9mm 95.7mm
Depth
61.3mm 60.3mm
Width
133.2mm 126.9mm
Weight Including Battery
487g
BEST
627g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
330 shots 370 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

System Requirements

Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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

Networking

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

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Memory Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Memory function
Video Capture Resolution (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3840 x 2160
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