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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs Sony Alpha A7S II

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs Sony Alpha A7S II

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Sony Alpha A7S II

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
8.1MP higher megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a megapixel 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.

Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a touchscreen, but the Sony Alpha A7S II does not have a touchscreen.
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.

Expert reviews are moderately better
Based on 80 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an average expert review score of 85%, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average rating of 84% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony Alpha A7S II is 1,228,800 pixels display resolution, 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 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Sony Alpha A7S II is 370.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 only takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

User reviews are better
Based on 1 user review, the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average review score of 100%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an average rating of 94% (based on 70 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
188,800 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, 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 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a digital camera that takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II only takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Lower user review Score
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an average user rating of 94%, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).
4 Reasons Against
8.1MP lower megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a megapixel 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.

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.

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Marginally Lower expert review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II's average expert rating is 84%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's is 85% (based on 80 reviews).

Awards

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
20.3MP
BEST
12.2MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 35.6 x 23.8
Total Megapixels
21.77MP
BEST
12.4MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Splashproof
 Splashproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
280mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 - 140 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Aspheric Element
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blade
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 169
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 409,600
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 50
BEST
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 (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Auto
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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 Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 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 At 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 Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
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
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 ATW
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Halogen
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 ATW
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Halogen
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Multi-Shot Function
 Multi-shot function
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
 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
Camera Playback
 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 (D-D)
-4 - 3 -4 - 3
Eye Relief
21mm 23mm
BEST
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots 370 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
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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