Sony A5100 is a newly announced camera and successor of famous A5000 camera, the two best part of the Sony A5000 camera is the bigger sensor and active Phase AF points inside the sensor… due to bigger AF sensor we get more dynamic range and active Phase AF points help us to acquire the AF points quickly…on the other hand the GM5 uses traditional M4/3 sensor and features contrast based AF system…
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5 features 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine Image Processor on the other hand Sony Alpha A5100 features 24.3MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor, take a look at the Major Specification Below.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs. Sony Alpha A5100 Specification Comparison Table.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5||Sony A5100|
Megapixel: The Sony A5100 features more resolution compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, so you will get large printouts and you can also re-compose /crop your images after shooting.
Bigger Sensor Size: Sony A5100 have bit bigger sensor size compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, bigger sensors captures more light and have better color depth, improved noise performance and increased dynamic range.
Image processor: Sony A5100 image processor is advance compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, the new image processor is responsible for overall speed of the camera, due to advance processor Sony A5100 will also feature Fast AF speed, less shutter to shutter lag time and improved. The image processor also decodes RAW file to JPEG format, an advance image processor will give you better output compared to older one.
More AF Points: Sony A5100 has More AF points (25+179-Point Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF Sensor) Compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, hence Sony A5100 will do more quick and precise AF than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
Better low light performance – The Sony A5100 have more ISO range compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, The more the ISO range you have the less noise you will see in your images.
Better Shutter Range: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 features better shutter range of 60 sec – 1/16000 in order to clearly record and freeze even the fastest movements into an ultra-sharp image. Fast shutter range will help you to capture amazing action shots; on the other hand Sony A5100 shutter range is limited to 30 sec 1/4000 only.
Olympus E-PL7 PEN Video Mode: Olympus E-PL7 PEN features full HD video recording @ 60fps frame rate. Supported formats: AVI, MOV
Sony A5100 video Mode: Sony A5100 features full HD video recording @ 60fps frame rate.
Supported formats: AVCHD and MP4 codecs, and XAVC S or AVCHD codecs plus a duplicate MP4 file to be recorded at the same time for greater efficiency when sharing videos online. Additionally, using the integrated HDMI type D output, both 1080i60 and 1080p60 uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded to an optional external recorder.
Display: Sony A5100 features bigger and high resolution display compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
Sony A5100 features tilting+ touch screen display on the other hand Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has fixed display, so we get more flexibility while composing our shot with Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
Viewfinder: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 features EVF viewfinder, on the other hand Sony A5100 doesn’t have no viewfinder.
Battery Life (CIPA): Sony A5100 features longer battery life (According to CIPA) compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
Wireless: Sony A5100 has Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 only wireless connectivity.
Dimensions: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is smaller than Sony A5100.
Weight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 light-weight than Sony A5100.
Price Difference – Price difference is approx $198, Sony A5100 cost less than G-M5
Verdict: Based on Specification comparison review we recommend you to have Sony A5100 camera since the camera features Bigger sensor size, more resolution, more ISO range and phase detect AF pixels inside the sensor.