Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs Sony Alpha A7S II
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8vsSony Alpha A7S II

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

83

Overall Score

83

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully loaded and multi award winning MILC digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
95
Reviews
222 Reviews + 15 Awards
66
Value for Money
Good
91
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
20 Months Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent
MILC 20.3MP 4" 5184 X 3888 Pixels May 2016
Camera Type Megapixels Image Sensor Size Maximum Image Resolution Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 20.3MP
Image Sensor Size 4"
Maximum Image Resolution 5184 X 3888 Pixels
Release Date May 2016
Sony Alpha A7S II

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Sony Alpha A7S II

£1,879.99
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning but 2 year old MILC digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
95
Reviews
221 Reviews + 9 Awards
52
Value for Money
Average
76
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
75
Overall Score
Very Good
MILC 12.2MP 4240 X 2832 Pixels CMOS Oct 2015
Camera Type Megapixels Maximum Image Resolution Sensor Type Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 12.2MP
Maximum Image Resolution 4240 X 2832 Pixels
Sensor Type CMOS
Release Date Oct 2015
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

83

Overall Score

83

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully loaded and multi award winning MILC digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
95
Reviews
222 Reviews + 15 Awards
66
Value for Money
Good
91
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
20 Months Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent
MILC 20.3MP 4" 5184 X 3888 Pixels May 2016
Camera Type Megapixels Image Sensor Size Maximum Image Resolution Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 20.3MP
Image Sensor Size 4"
Maximum Image Resolution 5184 X 3888 Pixels
Release Date May 2016
Sony Alpha A7S II

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Sony Alpha A7S II

£1,879.99
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning but 2 year old MILC digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
95
Reviews
221 Reviews + 9 Awards
52
Value for Money
Average
76
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
75
Overall Score
Very Good
MILC 12.2MP 4240 X 2832 Pixels CMOS Oct 2015
Camera Type Megapixels Maximum Image Resolution Sensor Type Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 12.2MP
Maximum Image Resolution 4240 X 2832 Pixels
Sensor Type CMOS
Release Date Oct 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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£499.99
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Compact System Camera With 12-60mm Lens, 5x Optical Zoom, 4K Ultra HD, 20.3MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, OLED EVF, 3 Touch Screen, Black
£699.00
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Reasons For

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
19 Reasons For
8.1MP Higher Megapixels
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a megapixels of 20.3MP, however the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 12.2MP digital camera (8.1MP lower).

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.

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A Little Larger Display Diagonal
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 2.95" screen digital camera (0.05" smaller).

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

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

On a camera, this means that the digital display on the back of the camera is touch-sensitive, rather than relying on buttons.

Touchscreens are easier and more intuitive to control.

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

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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£1,380 Cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 costs £499.99, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is £1,879.99.
More Shops Are Selling it
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Two More Awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has 15 awards, however the Sony Alpha A7S II has 13 awards.
User Reviews Are Moderately Better
Based on 138 reviews, the average user review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is 94%, but the average rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 92% (based on 237 reviews).
Better Digital Versus Review Score
Digital Versus's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review gave it a score of 100%, however the rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II was only 0% from the same site.
Better 01net.com Review Score
01net.com gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 a review score of 100%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II's rating was only 80% from the same site.
Better Les Numeriques.com Review Score
Les Numeriques.com's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review gave it a score of 100%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II's rating was only 0% from the same site.
Better Digifotopro.nl Review Score
Digifotopro.nl's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review gave it a score of 86%, however the rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II was only 0% from the same site.
Better Camerastuffreview.com/nl/ Review Score
Camerastuffreview.com/nl/ gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 a review score of 76%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
Better Fotomaniak.pl Review Score
Fotomaniak.pl gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 a review score of 79%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
Better Optyczne.pl Review Score
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has an Optyczne.pl review score of 90%, however the rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II was only 0% from the same site.
Better Computerbild.de Review Score
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a Computerbild.de review score of 82%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II's rating was only 0% from the same site.
Better Chip.de Review Score
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has a Chip.de review score of 92%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II only has a rating of 87% from the same site.
Better Tek.no Review Score
Tek.no's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review gave it a score of 90%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II's rating was only 0% from the same site.
Better Webnews.it Review Score
Webnews.it's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review gave it a score of 85%, however the Sony Alpha A7S II only has a rating of 81% from the same site.
17 Reasons For
384,000 Higher Maximum ISO Sensitivity
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 409,600, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 lower).

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

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Higher Display Resolution
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).

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

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Bigger Eye Relief
The Sony Alpha A7S II has an eye relief of 23mm. That's 2mm bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (21mm).

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.

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40 More Battery Life
The number of battery life on the Sony Alpha A7S II is 370, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 only takes 330 battery life.

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.

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More Popular
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
Expert Reviews Are Marginally Better
Based on 71 expert reviews, the average review score of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 86%, however the average rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is 85% (based on 86 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony digital cameras have an average rating of 87.5%, whereas Panasonic has an average rating of 87.4%.
Better Camerastuffreviewcom Review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a review score of 90% from Camerastuffreviewcom, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 only has a rating of 76% from the same site.
Better Ephotozine Review Score
Ephotozine's Sony Alpha A7S II review gave it a score of 90%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's rating was only 0% from the same site.
Better Trusted Reviews Review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a Trusted Reviews review score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 was only 0% from the same site.
Better PhotographyBlog.com Review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a PhotographyBlog.com review score of 100%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's rating was only 90% from the same site.
Better Reviewed.com Review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a review score of 94% from Reviewed.com, whereas the rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 was only 92% from the same site.
Better Digitalfoto.dk Review Score
Digitalfoto.dk's Sony Alpha A7S II review gave it a score of 87%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 only has a rating of 85% from the same site.
Better Zoom.nl Review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a Zoom.nl review score of 82%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's rating was only 81% from the same site.
Better Digitalfotoforalla.se Review Score
Digitalfotoforalla.se gave the Sony Alpha A7S II a review score of 87%, whereas the rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 was only 85% from the same site.
Better Dkamera.de Review Score
Dkamera.de's Sony Alpha A7S II review gave it a score of 96%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's rating was only 80% from the same site.
Better Pc-Magazin.de Review Score
Pc-magazin.de gave the Sony Alpha A7S II a review score of 70%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8's rating was only 0% from the same site.

Size and Dimensions

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has more awards than the Sony Alpha A7S II. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has 15 awards, where as the Sony Alpha A7S II has 13 awards. Compare all award winning digital cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
15 Awards Best
01net.com: 5 Star Camera Labs: Recommended Digital Versus: 5 Star dkamera.de: Recommended DP Review: Silver Ephotozine: Highly Recommended komputerswiat.pl: Best Product 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 prohardver.hu: Recommended reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
13 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star Camera Labs: Recommended digifotopro.nl: Gold Digital Versus: 5 Star Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product DP Review: Gold EISA.eu: EISA Best Product log.com.tr: Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com: Essential photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice reviewed.com: Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews: Recommended What Digital Camera: Gold

Average Expert Rating

The Sony Alpha A7S II has better expert reviews than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8. The average expert reviews score for the Sony Alpha A7S II is 86% based on 71 reviews, where as the average score for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is 85% based on 86 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
5 stars
24 reviews
4 stars
14 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
22 reviews
4 stars
10 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has better user reviews than the Sony Alpha A7S II. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is 94% based on 138 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony Alpha A7S II is 92% based on 237 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
Best
5 stars
108 reviews
4 stars
22 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
1 review
5 stars
172 reviews
4 stars
51 reviews
3 stars
7 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
5 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 87.49% based on 24,761 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 87.44% based on 14,873 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
Panasonic

87

87

Based on 14,873 reviews
Sony

87

87

Based on 24,761 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony Alpha A7S II than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 31.2% recommend the product, based on a total of 317 reviews for the Sony Alpha A7S II and 317 reviews for the Sony Alpha A7S II.

DP Review Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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Last updated: June 2, 2017These days, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; With all the increased com...
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens. Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' fro...
Jun 2017
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Within this category, which is made up of cameras costing $2000 or more (body-only, and based on MSRP in the US), you'll find some of the fiercest competitors the camera industry has to offer. This includes cameras with 50 or more megapixels geared p...
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Jun 2016

Ephotozine Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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David Thorpe compares the Olympus PEN-F and Panasonic Lumix GX8, in his video review. Both Micro Four Thirds cameras offer a 20-megapixel sensor, tilting vari-angle screen, and rangefinder styling with an electronic viewfinder. He compares the focus ...
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Apr 2016
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The Sony Alpha A7S Mark II (ILCE-A7SM2) offers the improved handling and design of the A7 Mark II and A7R Mark II , with 5-axis image stabilisation, along with a number of other improvements, whilst retaining the 12 megapixel Full Frame......
Improved handling and design
Excellent image quality
Excellent ISO range
4K video can be recorded internally
MicroUSB charging power
5-axis image stabilisation
Wi-Fi and NFC
Sony PlayMemories Apps
Dual-axis electronic level
Sony Alpha 7S Mark
12 megapixels may not be enough for stills photographers
Camera video fussy about memory cards
Shorter battery life than previous model
Focus struggled in low-light at times
For the serious videographer, or movie maker, the advanced options available for high quality video output that the Sony Alpha A7S Mark II provides will be most welcome, and compared to some of the competition, particularly traditional video cameras,...
Feb 2016

PC Mag Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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For a while, Micro Four Thirds cameras seemingly plateaued in terms of sensor resolution, with 16 megapixels being the standard for the past few years. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 ($1,199.99, body only) is the first model to break that barrier with a...
Quick autofocus
8 3fps burst shooting
Large shooting buffer
4-axis in-body stabilization
Tilting EVF
Vari-angle touch display
Strong high ISO performance
Wi-Fi with NFC
4K video capture
Weather-sealed body
No flash included
4K video is cropped
Non-standard microphone input
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 offers a quick burst rate, in-body stabilization, and 4K video recording, making it a strong contender in the premium mirrorless camera space......
Apr 2016
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Sony continues to take a three-camera approach with its second-generation full-frame mirrorless system. At one end of the spectrum sits the high-resolution, 42-megapixel Alpha 7R II, and at the other is the 12-megapixel Alpha 7S II ($2999.99, body on...
Full-frame 4K video recording
Incredible high ISO image quality
5fps burst shooting
In-body image stabilization
Hinged rear display
Sharp EVF
Dust- and moisture-resistant design
Gute Bildqualitt bis ISO 3.200
5AchsenBildstabilisator
OLEDSucher
4KVideo
Expensive
12-megapixel resolution can be limiting
Omits PC sync socket
Overly sensitive eye sensor
No built-in flash
Hoher Preis
Niedrige Auflsung
The Sony Alpha 7S II full-frame mirrorless camera excels at 4K video and high ISO imaging, but it's priced at a premium......
Nov 2015

Digitalone.com.sg Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the first mirrorless camera to have a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) image sensor that has more than 20 megapixels. It is also the first Lumix mirrorless camera to have a dual image stabiliser, or Dual I.S. As its name implies...
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Oct 2015
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The Sony a7S II follows hot on the heels of its sibling, the 7R II. While the latter ($4,099, body only) caters more to still photographers, the a7S II aims to appeal to videographers who need high sensitivity of up to ISO 409,600 for 4K (3,840 x 2,1...
...
Dec 2015

Photoreview.com.au Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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The move up to 20-megapixel resolution is not without issues and you'll need something better than the kit lenses to get the most from this camera. Fortunately, both Panasonic and Olympus have some suitable, high-performing lenses to choose from, bot...
Editor's Choice
Although not as small or elegant as the Olympus OM-D cameras,the GX8 will appeal to photographers looking for a solidly constructed weatherproof CSC with a generous grip and plenty of user-adjustable controls. The 4K shooting modes are likely to be a...
Sep 2015
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The relatively low resolution of this camera (compared with its ?7 siblings) makes it less attractive to landscape and studio photographers who require the highest possible resolution. Other models in the growing ?7 range would be far more suitable f...
Editor's Choice
Sony has clearly differentiated its latest ?7 cameras into three categories, with the ?7 II being the general-purpose model with the most affordable price tag (RRP AU$2299), the ?7R II (RRP AU$4499) offering the highest resolution and the ?7S II (RRP...
Jan 2016

Shutterbug.com Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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The GX8 is the new flagship of Panasonic's G series and is the first MFT camera with a resolution of 20MP. The camera has many interesting features such as ?Dual I.S.”, which combines a lens image stabilizer and sensor shift image stabilization....
...
Sep 2015
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The Sony A7S II is the new version of Sony's A7 system with a 12MP full-frame sensor. The camera is an available light specialist for photography and videography. It has a somewhat reworked body design, a five-axis image stabilizer, and can record 4K...
...
Mar 2016

Reviewed.com Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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It seems hard to believe now, but a few years ago the very concept of a pro-quality mirrorless camera didn't exist. Then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 , Panasonic GH4 , Fujifilm X-T1 , and Sony A7 all happened. Lost in the shuffle among these fantastic flags...
Editor's Choice
Panasonic has a winner on its hands As good as the GX8, it's hard to overlook its $1,200 body-only price tag. That kind of price invites some serious competition, including entry-level full-frame DSLRs from Canon and Nikon and a slightly aging clas...
Sep 2015
Best
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Like it or not, we're on the verge of a 4K revolution. We've noted previously that even though content distribution is still "the rub," content creation and management couldn't be more straightforward. As long as you have a powerful enough computer w...
Editor's Choice
The future is (almost) now. In case you couldn't tell, our main takeaway from our time with the A7S is that it isn't a camera for everybody. We think some really talented artists will be able to use this as an incredible tool, but for many indie film...
Aug 2014

Camerastuffreviewcom Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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Perhaps the most well-balanced camera selection of all camera manufacturers can be found at Panasonic. A special place was taken by the recently released Panasonic GX8. Panasonic's camera selection varies from a camera with the advantages of a system...
...
Aug 2015
Best
Camerastuffreviewcom
It does not often happen that I am surprised while testing a camera. I have been testing cameras for more than 10 years already. In all that time, the press releases have been shouting that the newest camera is even better than the last one. " Camera...
High image quality, certainly at high ISO values
100102 400 ISO
Range expandable to ISO 50409 600
Fast, accurate and lightsensitive AF
Beautiful 4K video, that is stored incamera
Incl
Reserve battery
Limited resolution
300 shots on 1 battery charge
List price over 3 000 euros
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Apr 2016

Digitalcameraworld.com Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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It's the first Panasonic CSC to feature a 20 million pixel sensor ? find out how it delivers in our full Panasonic GX8 review.Trying to distinguish between the different lines which Panasonic offers can be a little tricky, with five different ranges ...
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Aug 2015
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Unsure whether the Sony A7s II or A7 II or A7R II is right for you? Our in-depth comparison will help you decide?It's been seven years since the first compact system camera arrived on the market, but Sony stands alone in offering models equipped with...
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Nov 2015

Digital Versus Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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As much as we were impressed by the design of the Lumix GX7, we're a little more unconvinced by the GX8. We understand that you need to make room for mechanical stabilization inside the camera body, and the 2,360,000-dot OLED viewfinder is pretty lar...
5 Star
If you're looking for an interchangeable-lens camera that'll be great for excursions, travel and photojournalism; that'll work quickly and well; that's lightweight, water- and dust-resistant and with customizable controls; if you're looking for respo...
Aug 2015
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With the Alpha 7, Alpha 7R and Alpha 7S, Sony got the whole range covered: the all-rounder, the high-resolution specialist and the high sensitivity specialist. The Alpha 7S has the same body and Bionz X processor as the Alpha 7 and 7R, but boasts a 2...
5 Star
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Dec 2014

Amateurphotographer.co.uk Review Score

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Panasonic was the first company to produce a compact system camera in the shape of the Lumix DMC-G1, back in 2008, and since then it has built up an impressive range of Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses. Indeed, it has gone further than any other ...
It may not have the retro styling and overall charisma of its most direct competitor, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, and on first impressions you could be forgiven for thinking that it is oversized for its sensor, but once you get past this theres a lot t...
Aug 2015
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When Sony launched the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R two years ago, the manufacturer was looking to target two different types of photographer. While the Alpha 7 was out to appeal to enthusiasts looking for a full-frame camera with an ?all-round? level of per...
Although the refinements that have been made to the Alpha 7S II might not appear to be as revolutionary as those on the 7R II, it has come on a long way from the original 7S. The introduction of the 5-axis stabilisation transforms handheld shooting t...
Nov 2015

PhotographyBlog.com Review Score

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a brand new compact system camera aimed at the keen enthusiast. The GX8 integrates 4K video recording capability with a variety of 4K Photo functions, capable of recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video with either 3...
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Jul 2015
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The Sony A7S II is a new 35mm full-frame compact system camera with a 12.2 megapixel sensor that provides an incredible ISO range of 50-409,600 and high dynamic range. Other standout highlights of the A7S II include internal 4K video recording with f...
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Although the new A7S II seems like a rather modest upgrade of last year's A7S model on paper, in reality it offers enough new features, especially for videographers, and usability enhancements to justify the increase in both size and cost. The Sony A...
Dec 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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With G, GM, GF, GH and GX lines, Panasonic's G series of compact system cameras can get a little confusing. The GX models have a flatter, more rectangular shape than the SLR-like G and GH ranges, and they're more advanced than the GF and GM cameras. ...
The 20Mp GX8 has a tasty specification and feels good in the hand. Early indications are that it also delivers detail-rich images, and the 4K Photo mode delivers high-quality 8Mp results......
Jul 2015
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With the launch of the A7S II, Sony has finished updating its trio of full-frame compact system cameras to Mark II versions. The old models continue alongside as cheaper, older-specced alternatives, so there are currently six cameras in the range. We...
Super, high ISO ISO 409 600 maximum
Now with internal 4K video, improved AF system
Only 12 million pixels
Video record button not ideally placed
Expensive and specialized
The A7S II is an important update to Sony's specialized, high-sensitivity A7S compact system camera. The resolution looks low, but this is a camera designed for low light and 4K video rather than day-to-day photography, and we look forward to giving ...
Sep 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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Panasonic has today announced the latest addition to its extensive range of CSCs in the shape of the Panasonic Lumix GX8. While recent times has seen string of new camera launches do little more than change a few features on their predecessor, the GX...
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Jul 2015
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Is the Alpha 7S II the best choice for those specialising in video and low-light photography? Michael Topham finds out how well it performs in these two key areasWhen Sony launched the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R two years ago, the manufacturer was looking ...
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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The new GX8 shares the flat-topped style of its predecessors, but is chunkier all-round than the GX7 and now boasts weather-sealing. Like the GX7, there's an electronic viewfinder in a housing that can angle up by 90 degrees, but Panasonic has sensib...
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Jul 2015
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The A7s Mark II takes the 12 Megapixel full-frame sensor of the A7s and fits it into the updated body of the Mark II Alpha A7 series. So it inherits the upgraded viewfinder, built-in stabilisation, chunkier grip and repositioned controls last seen on...
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Great quality 4k video
Clean up to 6400 ISO and still good at 25600 ISO
Capable of shooting in extremely low light at up to 409600 ISO
Very good 1080p options including APSC crop and 120p slow motion
S-Log 2 and 3 for subsequent grading
Now made easi
Contrast-based AF not great at tracking moving subjects
No APSC Super 35 crop option for 4k video
Built-in IS only provided one or two stops in my tests
Small dials and buttons
Often confusing menu system
Screen not fully-articulated nor touch-sens
Sony's Alpha A7s Mark II is a full-frame mirrorless camera that's optimized for 4k video, particularly in very low light. Sony's essentially taken the 12 Megapixel sensor of the original A7s Mark I and slotted it into the body of the A7r Mark II. As ...
Oct 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
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First Impressions ? Panasonic gives its flagship camera a serious makeover Camera updates are often an exercise in spot the difference, but not so with the GX8. It's superficially similar to the GX7 it replaces, but it's really a comprehensive rework...
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Jul 2015
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What is the Sony Alpha A7S II? The Sony Alpha A7S II is a full-frame camera with a difference. Where its brother the A7R II uses a 42-megapixel sensor for massive amounts of detail, this camera pares the resolution all the way down to 12 megapixels t...
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Great lowlight performance
Excellent for video
Muchimproved ergonomics
Solidny i uszczelniony korpus wykonany ze stopu magnezu, wygodny, dobrze wyprofilowany uchwyt, optymalna liczba elementw sterujcych (w tym wikszoci konfigurowalnych), dobrze zorganizowane menu, dobrej
Limited detail capture among fullframe cameras
Unimpressive burst performance
Silne wyostrzanie i odszumianie zdj JPEG, pomimo neutralnych ustawie mora pojawiajca si w specyficznych sytuacjach na zdjciach, przecitne wyniki balansu bieli (zawyone nasycenie), problemy z automatyc
Sony Alpha A7S II ? Image Quality The Sony Alpha A7S II goes against the grain. Where full-frame rivals like the A7R II, the Nikon D810 and Canon 5DS R make the most of tech improvements to allow ultra-high resolution sensors without killing higher-I...
Dec 2015

Imaging Resource.com Review Score

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While the GX8 still uses contrast-detect autofocus, as opposed to often-snappier hybrid phase-detect AF system used by other manufacturers, the new Panasonic model gains the GH4's highly-regarded Depth From Defocus technology for blazingly quick AF p...
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Jul 2015
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Other video improvements includes new, additional cinema-oriented Picture Profiles called S-Gammt3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. Using these S-Log3 and S-Log2 profiles, the A7S II is said to provide up to 14 stops of dynamic range with 1300% wider...
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Sep 2015

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What are They Best Used For

Portrait Photography

When ranking cameras for their skill in taking portrait photos, we’ve concentrated on several key attributes. The most important of these are image resolution, sensor size and image stabilisation. A larger image resolution means the portrait will be more detailed, while the sensor and stabiliser means that the portrait won’t be blurry at all. On top of that, a pre-flash can help reduce the chance of red eye, and smile detection can help find that perfect moment Finally, extras like a handheld remote control or a self timer can help with taking self-portraits and group shots.

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Landscape Photography

When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph landscapes, we’ve concentrated on a number of key attributes. The most important of these is optical zoom capability, since it allows you to take detailed photos of particular parts of the landscape from a long way away and still have them come out in good detail. Weight and battery life are also very important, since you may be carrying your camera with your for a long time while walking around - you want it to be light enough to not be a hassle, and with a good strong battery, so it doesn’t run out of juice mid-way through the trip! Finally we have taken into account several important factors, such as environmental protection (especially water and dust resistance) and whether the camera comes with GPS, in order to pin-point exactly where you took the photo for later reference.

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Everyday Photography

When ranking cameras for everyday use, we’ve concentrated on size and battery life, since you don’t want your camera weighing you down as you wander, and you definitely don’t want it running out of juice! Good optical sensor size and an image stabiliser are also important, since many of your photos will be taken with very short notice, and these will help reduce any instances of blurring in the photo. Finally, a moving display allows you to tilt the display up and down, in order to raise or lower the camera to find interesting angles, while still being able to see the display to frame the shot.

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Sports Photography

One of the most important attributes of a good sports photography camera is speed. The players at a game will normally be moving very fast, so you need a camera that will keep up with them and produce clean, unblurry photos. Therefore a fast shutter speed and an image stabiliser will allow you to react fast to sudden events without the end result turning into a blurry mess. Connected to this, a multi burst (or ‘motor drive’) functionality will allow you to take a larger number of photos in a very short space of time - therefore meaning you’ll have a large number of shots to choose from when selecting the perfect photo afterwards. Because you may be taking an awful lot of photos, a good battery life is very important too. Finally, weatherproofing is always a good idea - rain doesn’t always stop play, and you definitely don’t want it to stop your camera!

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Wildlife Photography

When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph wildlife, we've concentrated on a number of key attributes. Optical zoom is important to allow you to take clear, detailed photos of animals without having to get physically close to them. A high ISO sensitivity will help take cleaner photos in low-light conditions. Finally, since animals tend to move (and sometimes quite fast), we consider a trio of the camera's shutter speed, auto focus power and whether it has an image stabilisation system or not. All three of these will help you take crisper, cleaner photos of fast moving objects.

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Key Features

Megapixels

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.

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

Display Diagonal

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Weight

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.

Review Analysis

Robustness

Reviewers thought the robustness of both the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 and the Sony Alpha A7S II was excellent.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Since then it has built up an impressive range of Micro Four Thirds cameras…
  • An innovative tilting viewfinder and a solid feature set in both stills…
    Dpreview.com - March 2016
  • The camera has a very solid feel and the menus are well laid out…
    Nc - September 2016
  • This camera is a good size, big enough to feel solid, small enough to take everywhere…
    Mike - June 2016
  • Very rugged and feels like a little brick in your hand…
    Pburnett - July 2017
  • And good solid black helps bring out the richness in all your other colors…
    Diane - March 2017
  • Its not a heavy as it would lead you to believe, feels solid…
    Billy Romanogee - June 2016
  • It's solid and well made…
    IMCPU2 - October 2015
  • It feels solid; the adjustable screen has a satisfying click when stored back against the body - not quite so solid when turned out…
    David F - February 2016
  • Does not come with a flash, nor has a flash build in…
  • Camera is well built, easy to setup…
    Jack the Ripper - September 2016
  • Solid cam so far…
    Forrest - May 2016
  • This has helped us advance our flexibility and we now have two solid camera kits at our fingertips…
  • Light, good quality build (slightly bigger than the previous version…
    Kino - April 2016
  • It truly feels like a well built camera…
    Scott - June 2016
  • Its a solid camera!
    Raul - December 2015
  • It's solid, feels great in the hand…
    M Ryan - March 2016
  • The body of the camera feels very sturdy and is nice…
    Leapman - January 2016
  • Ease of Use

    People thought both the Sony Alpha A7S II and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 ease of use was excellent.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • The camera feels great in the hand and having quick access to major settings on the outside of the camera is a great benefit…
    Photo29 - July 2016
  • The touch panel controls are easy to use…
    NicGere - September 2016
  • It is a joy to use…
    Derrick Sim - November 2016
  • It just wasn't real comfortable for me…
    David - September 2016
  • You can configure a second tier of control to the Quick Menu so that…
    Gavin - December 2016
  • A camera is only as good as its interface…
    Gavin - December 2016
  • You can configure a second tier of control to the Quick Menu so that you c…
    Gavin I - December 2016
  • There are no settings related to external microphones…
    Googlecowspiracy - December 2016
  • Smooth, easy to use and the prints jump out in color intensity…
    James - March 2017
  • A little bit overly dramatic trying to set up and get shots.
    Diane - March 2017
  • Camera is well built, easy to setup and handle…
    Jack the Ripper - September 2016
  • Love the clarity and the ease of use…
    Cory - December 2016
  • It is a comfortable and versatile team…
    Cgalvez - July 2016
  • The video is clear and the controls are intuitive…
    Benj - July 2016
  • The body feels much sturdier and the custom buttons really help with ease of use…
    Ben - November 2016
  • Though technically sophisticated, this instrument is easy to set up and use…
    Trireme - June 2016
  • Ridiculously sharp, great dynamic range, color, ease of use…
    Kevin_JD - August 2016
  • The focus peaking is great when used on the lowest setting (it's passable on the higher settings.
    Kendall - October 2016
  • Easy to use…
    MPro - April 2016
  • Once you learn how to use it It's great…
    Simon O - January 2016
  • Picture Quality

    Reviewers thought both the Sony Alpha A7S II and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 picture quality was excellent.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Keen photographers will appreciate t…
    Expertreviews.co.uk - August 2015
  • Very light weight, good image quality…
    Lin - November 2016
  • The whole purpose of a camera is to take good pictures and this one does not…
    Micleg - July 2016
  • It's there to produce stunning images…
    The Greek - December 2015
  • The picture quality is great…
    Nc - September 2016
  • And it takes great pictures…
    Mike - June 2016
  • If you are a macro photographer…
    Gavin - December 2016
  • The images are crisp and clear…
    Pamela - March 2017
  • They are are quick to respond an provide me with clear sharp images even in low light…
    Pamela - March 2017
  • So much better picture quality, Camera sits in hand nicely…
    ScooterAl - October 2017
  • The auto white balance isn't as consistent as canon -can't take a photo while recording video which is so odd to me…
    K.Bett - June 2016
  • Anyway, also great to shoot with low light…
    John - October 2016
  • Still allow me to take random candid pictures…
    J - April 2016
  • This camera takes outstanding video in low light situations…
    Doug - August 2016
  • Outstanding performance, Best low light capability out there, love the picture profiles…
  • Great low light capabilities always seemed to elude Canon…
    Darren - May 2016
  • Love the clarity and the ease of use…
    Cory - December 2016
  • Shooting real estate video tours with this camera is much easier…
  • The image quality is spectacular out of the box…
    Gc_photo - June 2016
  • Fantastic image quality out of such a small body…
    Emily - November 2016
  • Product Quality

    Reviews of both the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 and the Sony Alpha A7S II mention that the product quality was excellent.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Very light weight, good image quality…
    Lin - November 2016
  • The picture quality is great and it can be customized with a ton of options to suit any photographers needs…
    Nc - September 2016
  • So much better picture quality, Camera sits in hand nicely…
    ScooterAl - October 2017
  • Great for photographers and videos that do not need good quality audio…
    Googlecowspiracy - December 2016
  • It also has many features which are new to me such as video (very high quality at that…
    Incognito - June 2017
  • It's solid and well made…
    IMCPU2 - October 2015
  • Just as described! Good, its good quality surprised me…
    Marjorie Truman - July 2017
  • A company that stands by its product Seem to be good quality too…
    Marjorie Truman - July 2017
  • The clarity and quality is amazing…
    A Murray - June 2016
  • Very high quality, solid built…
    Acc - November 2016
  • The video quality is amazing for the price!
    Carly - August 2016
  • If you are ok with Manual focus the quality is better then Canon…
  • Great quality camera, produces stunning imagery…
    BJ Hustle - August 2016
  • The image quality is spectacular out of the box…
    Gc_photo - June 2016
  • Fantastic image quality out of such a small body…
    Emily - November 2016
  • The quality is great…
    Vincent - July 2016
  • It is small enough to go camping and the great quality of big equipment…
    Educator - December 2015
  • Image quality suffers during slow motion shooting.
    Steez 816 - July 2016
  • Light, good quality build (slightly bigger than the previous version…
    Kino - April 2016
  • Video it's of great quality…
    Kino - April 2016
  • Viewfinder / Screen

    Reviewers of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 thought the viewfinder / screen was excellent, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II viewfinder / screen was very good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • The viewfinder can tilt…
    Dan - July 2016
  • The viewfinder comes into its own…
    Dan - July 2016
  • The really good thing about this camera are the view finder…
    IMCPU2 - October 2015
  • It feels solid; the adjustable screen has a satisfying click when stored back against the body - not quite so solid when turned out…
    David F - February 2016
  • Well designed interface, screen, button placement…
    @RGomezPhotos - September 2016
  • The tilting electronic viewfinder is fantastic…
    Zerreth - April 2016
  • The fully articulated screen works well for composing shots at odd angles…
    Brad - December 2015
  • Viewfinder is superb…
    Mac - December 2015
  • Tilting viewfinder is an added bonus…
    Nanc - January 2016
  • Viewfinder is simply tremendous…
  • Screen tilt is limited Heavy for its size Battery life very short, you will need 4 batteries for few hours of serious shooting…
    Oktay - December 2015
  • The viewfinder is really great for focusing with vintage lenses…
    Keith - April 2016
  • Design

    Reviewers of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 thought the design was excellent, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II design was very good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Very happy with ergonomics, output and reliability…
    Photo29 - July 2016
  • The ergonomics suit me perfectly…
    Indy Transplant - April 2016
  • The edge of the eye piece cuts into my eye pretty badly…
    Derrick Sim - November 2016
  • SO DISAPPOINTING because it is otherwise a great camera with a beautiful body…
    Googlecowspiracy - December 2016
  • Smooth, easy to use…
    James - March 2017
  • Or simply used our mobile phones, which were so superior to what you used to be able to achieve even with a £200 camera, that they seemed pretty amazing…
    V. Nicholl - November 2015
  • Very easy to use, beautiful pictures being taken great camera…
    Amazon Customer - April 2016
  • The camera's ergonomics are also excellent…
    K. Feeney - June 2016
  • This camera is a very nicely designed, good looking Micro Four Third Camera with excellent features…
    Lanscape Photographer - February 2016
  • Ergonomics are really good…
    IC - March 2016
  • Great product design.
  • The peaking and focus zoom assist have made using my vintage glass so easy…
    J - April 2016
  • S-log 2 is pretty great…
    Gc_photo - June 2016
  • The shutter button not being used for a record button is pretty annoying as well…
    World Watcher - April 2016
  • Love this camera! Beautiful images…
    Steven - December 2016
  • Still get smooth shots…
    Gypsy Creative - November 2015
  • This camera is absolutely gorgeous…
    DEFY Video - October 2015
  • The image is beautiful…
    Adam - March 2016
  • This camera produces a beautiful image and the Full Frame aesthetic is quite superb…
    Mayala - March 2016
  • Over all a pretty decent cam…
    SeeingLightMedia - February 2016
  • Battery

    Reviewers of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 thought the battery was excellent, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II battery was very good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • The negatives are battery life (not terrible.
    Billy Romanogee - June 2016
  • Excellent battery life! You can shoot video all day long with two batteries…
    Aaron - June 2017
  • My only complaint along with many is the battery life which could be a bit better for the size of this camera…
    Johnny B - August 2015
  • Finally the battery life is atrocious…
    Dracunculus - November 2015
  • The whole battery thing is so easy to solve it just blows me a way people can't figure this out…
    DCBF - January 2016
  • Battery life could be better with any item that takes batteries, no big deal for me to buy a few extra batteries for superb results…
    Nick the Stick - December 2015
  • Not as long lasting battery (easily fixed by battery grip or 3-4 batteries…
    ItzKohki - January 2016
  • One of my only complaints is the poor battery life…
    PaulyD - December 2015
  • Screen tilt is limited Heavy for its size Battery life very short, you will need 4 batteries for few hours of serious shooting…
    Oktay - December 2015
  • Very useful video camera, poor battery life…
    Sandra - February 2016
  • Also the battery life is not good on it…
    Jeury tavares - March 2016
  • Some downsides include the battery life which is fairly solvable by buying extra batteries…
    Jeremy_L&M Films - March 2016
  • Video Capability

    People thought both the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 and the Sony Alpha A7S II video capability was excellent.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • It is simply brilliant with video…
    Diane - March 2017
  • It also has many features which are new to me such as video (very high quality at that…
    Incognito - June 2017
  • Great at low light photography and the videos it produces are amazing…
    Gerald Horgan - December 2015
  • Is also great at videos…
    Oddjob - May 2016
  • Good images & video…
    Zerreth - April 2016
  • Video is good as always…
    Lou B - September 2015
  • Another negative is the lack of image stabilization in video.
    Zerreth - April 2016
  • The video quality is amazing for the price!
    Carly - August 2016
  • This camera takes outstanding video in low light situations…
    Doug - August 2016
  • Shooting real estate video tours with this camera is much easier…
  • The video is clear and the controls are intuitive…
    Benj - July 2016
  • Great camera for video for the price…
    Geoff - August 2016
  • This is my video platform now…
    Edward - December 2016
  • It is an amazing video camera…
    Jake C - January 2016
  • It would be very hard to make a better looking video at any price…
    Billco - March 2016
  • Both the low light and video capabilities are simply outstanding…
    Kendall - October 2016
  • Video it's of great quality…
    Kino - April 2016
  • Features

    Reviewers of the Sony Alpha A7S II thought the features were excellent, but thought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 features were only average.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • While recent times has seen string of new camera launches do little more than change a few features on their predecessor…
  • The camera has many interesting features such as “Dual I.S.” which combines a lens image stabilizer…
    Shutterbug.com - September 2015
  • An innovative tilting viewfinder and a solid feature set in both stills…
    Dpreview.com - March 2016
  • This is a great camera with some brilliant features and a few niggles…
    Light_arted - January 2016
  • It also has many features which are new to me such as video (very high quality at that…
    Incognito - June 2017
  • Continuous focus is excellent an there is tones of useful features for photographers like choosing a focus point with touch screen while looking through viewfinder…
    Wozek - March 2016
  • It has many bells and whistles to maintain your interest…
    Bigpip - August 2017
  • Shoots great pictures and has a lot of features and functions…
  • This camera is a very nicely designed, good looking Micro Four Third Camera with excellent features…
    Lanscape Photographer - February 2016
  • It packs a lot of great features into a very portable body…
    Orwin - February 2016
  • Still amazed at the features that come in this little camera…
    Edward - December 2016
  • We really love this camera! Great features for a great price point…
    TV Girl - June 2016
  • Too many features to discuss…
    Nick the Stick - December 2015
  • You all read about good features, so here are negatives; Don't expect miracles…
    Oktay - December 2015
  • The still features are decent…
    SeeingLightMedia - February 2016
  • Lens System

    Reviewers of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 thought the lens system was excellent, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II lens system was very good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • The focus is fast in all light conditions…
    Gavin - December 2016
  • The difference between this and the previous case is that in the first case, you are increasing the depth of field by producing a merged file from several frames; in the latter case, you are selecting one file having the best focus on one scene element Ultimately…
    Gavin - December 2016
  • If you're going on a trip, buy this gem! Pair it with a fast lens and you won't be disappointed…
    Aaron - June 2017
  • We shoot a lot of action stuff so manual focus is not always possible…
    Diane - March 2017
  • The focus is quite fast ( for such a large lens…
    Greg - July 2017
  • The recent upgrade with post focus feature is very good, just take a steady shot…
    Gurtej - April 2016
  • Continuous focus is excellent an there is tones of useful features for photographers like choosing a focus point with touch screen while looking through viewfinder…
    Wozek - March 2016
  • The image stabilisation for photos works wonders, coupled with an IS lens it works for video very well as well…
    Dominic bower - October 2016
  • Complete package with a great kit lens to take on your holiday trips…
  • There's also great aids when manual focusing, like focus peaking…
    Bigpip - August 2017
  • You can clearly see if you are out of focus even if focusing from a distance…
  • Stabilization is tremendous.
  • If you are ok with Manual focus the quality is better then Canon…
  • Too much detail gets lost and it's difficult to nail critical focus…
    Kendall - October 2016
  • The focus peaking is great when used on the lowest setting (it's passable on the higher settings.
    Kendall - October 2016
  • Once you get it dialed in properly, with the right lens, you can do incredible things with this camera…
    Gypsy Creative - November 2015
  • A great camera that needs a great lens to go with it…
    Humphrey - December 2015
  • It needs a fast lens to keep up with it…
    Humphrey - December 2015
  • 1) You absolutely need a fast lens…
    Humphrey - December 2015
  • The viewfinder is really great for focusing with vintage lenses…
    Keith - April 2016
  • Price

    Reviewers thought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 price was excellent, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II price was very good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Added to that are the dozens of lenses to choose from to expand the system, all in a price range that is friendly to my budget…
    NicGere - September 2016
  • Not sure that the price is quite right…
    IMCPU2 - October 2015
  • The only down side is the price…
    IMCPU2 - October 2015
  • First class camera, first class price…
    MikePeru - January 2016
  • Excellent value and quality…
    R. Edwards - May 2016
  • Excellent have not really had a great deal of use out of it yet.
    Peter - March 2016
  • Helped get the camera to me quickly when out of stock elsewhere at a great price…
    Amazon Customer - June 2016
  • Batteries are relatively cheap and easy to carry extras…
    @RGomezPhotos - September 2016
  • Overall it's a great value for what you pay…
    Homerc67 - July 2016
  • Every kind of lens can be attached with affordable adapters…
    Jack the Ripper - September 2016
  • The video quality is amazing for the price!
    Carly - August 2016
  • Awesome latitude for the price…
    Geoff - August 2016
  • This camera IS expensive…
    Gc_photo - June 2016
  • We really love this camera! Great features for a great price point…
    TV Girl - June 2016
  • No real deal breaker there…
    Alex Ketchum - November 2015
  • All in all a great piece of equipment for a decent price…
    Darth Vader - December 2015
  • Cheap, after just under 2 months the eye viewfinder has stopped working…
    Pro in pdx - April 2016
  • Not a huge deal…
    Humphrey - December 2015
  • Size and Weight

    Reviewers thought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 size and weight was very good, and thought the Sony Alpha A7S II size and weight was good.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
  • More compact designs targeted a…
    Pdnonline.com - January 2016
  • It is too heavy to even take out without a tripod…
    Leonie - January 2017
  • Was concerned that the small body wouldn't offer adequate balance…
    Larry S - May 2016
  • This camera is a good size, big enough to feel solid, small enough to take everywhere…
    Mike - June 2016
  • It is by no means a lightweight when it comes to features…
    Nc - September 2016
  • It's more compact…
    Indy Transplant - April 2016
  • SO DISAPPOINTING because it is otherwise a great camera with a beautiful body…
    Googlecowspiracy - December 2016
  • It feels solid; the adjustable screen has a satisfying click when stored back against the body - not quite so solid when turned out…
    David F - February 2016
  • Very good camera, great performance it's compact and easy to carry…
    A Murray - June 2016
  • Changed to mirror less cameras because of the weight of camera with lenses is easy to carry…
    Marlene watson - June 2016
  • It has a somewhat reworked body design…
    Shutterbug.com - March 2016
  • Bottom line, this is a stunning product, super performer in a impressively compact body…
    Egill Bjarki - October 2015
  • The body itself is easier to grip…
    Devo - February 2016
  • Yes, its not an all metal body.
    Raul - December 2015
  • Screen tilt is limited Heavy for its size Battery life very short, you will need 4 batteries for few hours of serious shooting…
    Oktay - December 2015
  • The body of the camera feels very sturdy and is nice and compact…
    Leapman - January 2016
  • Plastic cheap body, dials that feel like the delicate plastic they are…
    JPM - November 2015
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Picture Quality Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Camera Type
    MILC
     MILC
    MILC
     MILC
    Megapixels 20.3MP
    BEST
    12.2MP
    Image Sensor Size 4" Unknown - Click to provide data
    Still Image Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    Maximum Image Resolution
    5184 x 3888
     5184 x 3888
    5184 x 3888
     5184 x 3888
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Image Formats Supported
    RAW JPG
    MPO
     RAW
     JPG
     MPO
    RAW JPG
    MPO
     RAW
     JPG
     MPO
    Image Sensor Size (W X H)
    Total Megapixels 21.77MP
    BEST
    12.4MP
    Supported Aspect Ratios
    16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
     16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
    16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
     16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
     
     
     
    Lens System Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Optical Zoom
    Digital Zoom Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
    Minimum Aperture Number 2.8
    BEST
    Maximum Aperture Number 22 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 120mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Aspherical Lens 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Extra/Smart Zoom Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
    Lens Structure (elements/groups) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Diaphragm Blade 7 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Filter Size 58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Focusing Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
    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
    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) Points 169
    BEST
     
     
     
    Light Exposure Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    ISO Sensitivity
    Auto
     Auto
    Auto
     Auto
    Light Exposure Modes
    shutter priority aperture priority
    Auto Manual
    Shutter priority AE Aperture priority AE
    aperture priori Shutter priori
    AP M
     shutter priority
     aperture priority
     Auto
     Manual
     Shutter priority AE
     Aperture priority AE
     aperture priori
     Shutter priori
     AP
     M
    shutter priority aperture priority
    Auto Manual
    Shutter priority AE Aperture priority AE
    aperture priori Shutter priori
    AP M
     shutter priority
     aperture priority
     Auto
     Manual
     Shutter priority AE
     Aperture priority AE
     aperture priori
     Shutter priori
     AP
     M
    Maximum ISO Sensitivity 25,600 409,600
    BEST
    Minimum ISO Sensitivity 100 50
    BEST
    Light Metering
    Evaluative (Multi-pattern) Centre-weighted
    Spot evaluative
    Multi-pattern
     Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
     Centre-weighted
     Spot
     evaluative
     Multi-pattern
    Evaluative (Multi-pattern) Centre-weighted
    Spot evaluative
    Multi-pattern
     Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
     Centre-weighted
     Spot
     evaluative
     Multi-pattern
    Light Exposure Correction
    ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
     ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
    ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
     ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
    Light Exposure Control
    Program AE Program
     Program AE
     Program
    Program AE Program
     Program AE
     Program
     
     
     
    Shutter Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Camera Shutter Speed 1s 1s
    Slowest Camera Shutter Speed 60s
    BEST
    30s
    Camera Shutter Type
    Electronic
     Electronic
    Electronic
     Electronic
     
     
     
    Flash Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    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
    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
    Flash Exposure Correction
    ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
     ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
    ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
     ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
     
     
     
    Video Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Maximum Video Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    Video Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1280 x 720 640 x 480
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     640 x 480
    3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1280 x 720 640 x 480
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     640 x 480
    Video Formats Supported
    MP4 AVCHD
    AVC MPEG
    MPEG4 H.264
    XAVC-I MPEG-4
     MP4
     AVCHD
     AVC
     MPEG
     MPEG4
     H.264
     XAVC-I
     MPEG-4
    MP4 AVCHD
    AVC MPEG
    MPEG4 H.264
    XAVC-I MPEG-4
     MP4
     AVCHD
     AVC
     MPEG
     MPEG4
     H.264
     XAVC-I
     MPEG-4
    Resolution At Capture Speed
    3840x2160@25fps 3840x2160@24fps
    3840x2160@30fps 1920x1080@60fps
    1920x1080@30fps 1280x720@30fps
    1920x1080@120fps 1920x1080@50fps
    1920x1080@25fps
     3840x2160@25fps
     3840x2160@24fps
     3840x2160@30fps
     1920x1080@60fps
     1920x1080@30fps
     1280x720@30fps
     1920x1080@120fps
     1920x1080@50fps
     1920x1080@25fps
    3840x2160@25fps 3840x2160@24fps
    3840x2160@30fps 1920x1080@60fps
    1920x1080@30fps 1280x720@30fps
    1920x1080@120fps 1920x1080@50fps
    1920x1080@25fps
     3840x2160@25fps
     3840x2160@24fps
     3840x2160@30fps
     1920x1080@60fps
     1920x1080@30fps
     1280x720@30fps
     1920x1080@120fps
     1920x1080@50fps
     1920x1080@25fps
     
     
     
    Audio Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Audio System
    Mono
     Mono
    Mono
     Mono
    Audio Formats Supported
    LPCM AC3
    PCM LC-AAC
    AAC++
     LPCM
     AC3
     PCM
     LC-AAC
     AAC++
    LPCM AC3
    PCM LC-AAC
    AAC++
     LPCM
     AC3
     PCM
     LC-AAC
     AAC++
     
     
     
    Memory Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    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
    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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Display Diagonal 3"
    BEST
    2.95"
    Field of View 100% Unknown - Click to provide data
    Display Resolution 1,040,000 Pixels 1,228,800 Pixels
    BEST
    Display
    OLED
     OLED
    OLED
     OLED
     
     
     
    Viewfinder Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    Viewfinder Screen Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
    Magnification 1.54x
    BEST
    0.78x
    Viewfinder Type
    Electronic
     Electronic
    Electronic
     Electronic
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    HDMI Connector Type
    Micro
     Micro
    Micro
     Micro
     
     
     
    Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Sony Alpha A7S II
    White Balance
    ATW Auto
    Cloudy Daylight
    Shade Flash
    Halogen Fluorescent
    Incandescent Underwater
    Custom modes custom m
    cus
     ATW
     Auto
     Cloudy
     Daylight
     Shade
     Flash
     Halogen
     Fluorescent
     Incandescent
     Underwater
     Custom modes
     custom m
     cus
    ATW Auto
    Cloudy Daylight
    Shade Flash
    Halogen Fluorescent
    Incandescent Underwater
    Custom modes custom m
    cus
     ATW
     Auto
     Cloudy
     Daylight
     Shade