Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8


This detail comparison of two outstanding cameras, Olympus PEN-F and Panasonic GX8, might help you in a great way to choose the right and accurate one that let you to feel the never before experience in photography and will enthrall you in an undefined way. By the way, we barely would find any problems with these two fabulous cameras but this comparison will show you how Panasonic GX8  is creating higher rated impression than PEN-F camera of Olympus.

 Models/Features Olympus PEN-F Panasonic GX8
Sensor 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Sensor size Micro Four Thirds System Micro Four Thirds System
Sensor Type Contrast Detect Contrast Detect
Image Stabilization 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization Dual IS
Low pass filter No No
Image processor TruePic VII Image Processor Venus Engine Image Processor
AF system 81 contrast based AF points 49 Contrast based AF points
ISO 50-25600 80-25600
Shutter Min/ mix 60-1/16000 60 – 1/16000
Continuous shooting speed 10 fps  10fps
Video Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
Display 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder EVF Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In  Built-In
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life 330 330
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
Weight 860 g 427 g


Resolution- Both are micro four third cameras as well as using the same 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor shows that we wouldn’t be wrong if we expected excellent image quality from both cameras.

Image stabilization-Interestingly, what we find the most innovative feature in both the cameras is their image stabilization system. If you are looking to the table then you could see that Pen F uses a powerful 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization that will effectively suppress the unwanted camera shake problems and deliver your desired blurfree images. On the other hand, the Image stabilization used by Gx8 of Panasonic is also sturdy called Dual IS (Body I.S. and Lens I.S), enhancing the camera to suppress the loss that generally occurs due to camera shake (makes the camera much capable to provide the images without any blur). Both, Body IS as well as Lens IS works together to provide you the best camera shakes solution that is not only in wide angle but also with telephoto.

AF system– So you want faster focusing performance? Well, you are seeing that both of these two cameras are using the same contrast based AF system that’s why it’s right enough to expect higher speed and precision focusing results from both. But why Olympus is far better in tracking the subjects’ action is all due to its innovative 81 AF points. Additionally, for easier portrait shooting, Olympus Pen F camera offers Face priority AF and Eye priority AF that can detect and continue adjusting the focus on faces or eyes of the subjects.

Now, let’s discuss about the DFD (Depth Defocus) technology engineered in Panasonic GX8 contrast AF system that calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens, enabling GX8 to achieve ultra-high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec.

Videos- And here is the video sections- First of all Panasonic offers high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p (60Hz) or 24p in MP4 (unlimited) as well as the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 at 60p videos in AVCHD or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with full-time AF. Moreover, the three extremely useful functions have been integrated in 4k videos to make 4K video shooting much more comfortable- 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. On the other hand, Olympus Pen F camera allows us to record only full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 at 60p.

Verdicts- Naturally, Panasonic GX8 is better camera. Since it offers you the powerful Dual Image stabilization as well as offers you to record 4K video. So we suggest you to go with Panasonic GX8 to have a great photography session. After all, it’s your choice

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