Sony A6300 vs Panasonic GX8


Let us go through the details of the two unprecedented cameras, Sony A6300 and Panasonic Gx8. we are going to discuss their features in details so that we could atleast clear that either Sony A6300 or Panasonic GX8 will be our ultimate choice to make our photography session unforgettable.

Features/ Models Sony A6300 Panasonic GX8
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor TruePic VII Image Processor
AF system Contrast+phase detect (Hybrid) Contrast Detect
AF points 425 points 49 AF points
 ISO 100-51200 80-25600
Shutter Type Electronic & Mechanical Electronic & Mechanical
Image Stabilization NO In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.
 Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/4000  60 – 1/16000
 Continuous shooting speed 11 fps  10fps
 Video Internal UHD 4K  30 & 1080p 120fps Recording 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
Display 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed No No
Battery life 400 shots  330 Shots
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
Weight  404 g 427 g

Megapixel- Though, both Sony and Panasonic are versatile cameras, but when we talk about the camera that can provide us uncompromising images (sharpness, clarity and color) then we do expect it from Sony A6300. Now, from the table you can see that Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) as well as the resolution (24.2MP ) both are more in Sony A6300. Now look at the Sensor size, Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) and Resolution(20.3MP) of Panasonic Gx8 both are lesser in compared to A6300.

AF system- Sony has made their interchangeable camera A6300 much more advanced with adding an incredible 425 phase detection AF points, which are widely affixed over the entire image area. A6300 utilizing a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast and the camera can benefit you in tracking the faster moving subjects quickly and precisely than never before. But doing the same thing with Panasonic GX8 might prove a bit difficult comparison to A6300. Because you are seeing that the AF system of GX8 is looking feeble (when compared to A6300) with only 49 AF points as well as contrast detect sensor.

ISO- By the way, it is harsh truth that photographers feel for the maximum times that shooting in negligible lighting conditions (Lowlight) is a difficult task, means getting clear and sharp photos of the target subject in such conditions is a challenge. But now look at the ISO range of A6300, that is 51200 means the camera is highly capable of producing images with low noise and exceptional resolution. On the other hand GX8 has limited ISO range of 25600 only.

Image Stabilization- But you can’t find Image stabilizer mechanism in A6300 but Panasonic GX8 will offer you dual image stabilizer, the Body I.S. and Lens I.S. Both Body I.S. as well as Lens I.S. work together to take maximum advantage of both stabilizers in wide angle and also with telephoto. This image stabilization tackles with any kind of camera shake problem which A6300 may not do.

Shutter speed- Offering you the highest mechanical shutter speed at max. 1/16,000 sec the GX8 will not only effective in capturing the actions of the fast moving subjects but also to allow users to use high-speed lens with an open aperture in outdoors to give impressive Bokeh. On the other hand, Sony A6300 has only 1/4000sec of shutter speed.

Continuous shooting speed- As we have discussed above that AF system of A6300 engineered advanced AF tracking technology and now the camera also have 11 fps of continuous shooting speed as well as the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode that enables the users in 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder. However, you can’t say the continuous shooting speed of the GX8 (10fps) is bad but a bit lesser than that of Sony A6300.

Video- Now Sony A6300 comes up with another strong and special feature that its internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. The camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information. The camera uses all its active pixels to record your 4K movie, hence in turn you get more dynamic range, less color noise and more details in your 4k video.

Battery Life- Sony A6300 is also ahead in number of taking shots. A6300 allows you to take maximum 400 shots whereas GX8 allows you for 330 shots only.

Verdict- Without any doubt Sony A6300 is the best camera not only for its AF system but for its overall unsurpassed features that can carry one’s photography to the desire level.


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