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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs Sony Alpha A5100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs Sony Alpha A5100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Sony Alpha A5100

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Seven more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has 12 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 has 5 awards.
A bit better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 86% based on 70 reviews, however the average rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 82% (based on 38 reviews).
A bit better user reviews
The average user review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 88% based on 5 reviews, however the average rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 86% (based on 36 reviews).
3 Reasons For
8.25MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a megapixel 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.

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.

75% lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera. That's 166g 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.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel 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.

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.

166g heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has a weight of 390g, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera (166g 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.

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Older by over one year
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 14 months older than the Sony Alpha A5100.
3 Reasons Against
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A5100 has received 5 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 has received 12 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 86% (based on 70 reviews).
A bit Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is 88% (based on 5 reviews).

Awards

12 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
technopat.net: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
5 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
ua.gecid.com: Easy to Use

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

40 months Ago 26 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
BEST
Megapixel
16.05MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 MPO
 JPG
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 MPO
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 24.7MP
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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
 Grey
 Grey

Lens System

Optical Zoom
1.4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
4x 8x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 - 42 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Type
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
BEST
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
23 179
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Auto
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide Number
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 Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Resolution At 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Underwater
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Underwater
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Skin tones
 Solarisation
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Skin tones
 Solarisation
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Multi-Shot Function
 Multi-shot function
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 Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-4 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Eye Relief
17.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 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
390g 224g
BEST
Height
84.6mm 62.8mm
Depth
71.4mm 35.7mm
Width
122.45mm 109.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 283g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery Technology
 Lithium
 Lithium
BEST
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,080mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 400 shots
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

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

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Viewfinder
1,440,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
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