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Sony A6300 vs Panasonic GX8

Sony-A6300-vs-Panasonic-GX8From the image of the two we can see that Sony 6300 is bit more compact compared to Panasonic GX8 also take a look a look at the specification comparison review of both the camera.

Features/ Models Sony A6300 Panasonic GX8
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.6 mm Venus Engine Image Processor
Sensor Type Hybrid CMOS AF Contrast Detect AF
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor TruePic VII Image Processor
AF system 425 Phase-Detect Points Contrast Detect
 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
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
Weight  404 g 427 g

Sensor: The Panasonic GX8 features

The Panasonic GX8 features 20 Megapixel CMOS 4/3 sensor and Sony A6300 features a 20 MP APS-C sensor, Sony A6300 sensor carry more resolution as well as bigger sensor.

Both the sensor are built on different technologies, the Sony A6300 sensor is built with active Phase AF pixels inside the sensor so it will do fast AF compared to the Panasonic GX8.

The Sony advance Hybrid CMOS AF features 425 phase based AF points and 169 contrast based AF points, will allow camera to lock AF in a little time of 0.05 sec, on the other side the Panasonic features exclusive DFD auto-focus system. that also locks AF in .07 sec.  However Sony clearly wins the game by .02 sec difference.

Take a look at the difference in AF time of both the camera.

Camera Sony A6300 Panasonic GX8
AF lock time 0.05 sec 0.07 sec
Continuous shooting speed 11 fps 10fps

Continuous shooting speed of A6300 is faster compared to Panasonic GX8 camera despite of having more resolution.

ISO range of the Sony A6300 is more broad and another biggest advantage is the larger sensor area compared to the Panasonic GX8 43 sensor.  More ISO will sure help you get neat and clean night-shots without noise banding or color noise.

Dual IS in Panasonic GX8 is un-comparable, Panasonic becomes the world first company to feature Dual IS in a camera system, the Panasonic GX8 comes with built in sensor shift IS mechanism and when you add a OIS lens in the camera, the camera IS system sync with the Lens based IS system to give you ultimate result.

The Panasonic GX8 features and Sony A6300 both can record 4K videos at 30fps.

The Panasonic GX8 features 3″ touchscreen vari-angle monitor with bit high resolution compared to Sony A6300.

Verdict: Both the camera have almost same price tag, so we recommend you get the Sony A6300 camera since the camera features more advance AF and better sensor on the other side the Panasonic GX8 camera features built-in image stabilization. So if you prefer built-in IS over image quality and AF you can get the GX8 camera.

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Also see – Sony A6300 performed better during High ISO test comparison with Panasonic GX8 camera.

Recommended Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera can be found here – Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera

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Panasonic GX8 First HIGH ISO Test

Panasonic-GX8-camera-imgPanasonic GX8 first High ISO Test surfaced over the web, we are now going to see the first impressions of the newly developed 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor, does it make any major difference or not ? let’s see the result.

panasonic-GX8-vs-GX7-inageImage captured at Base ISO (100), Panasonic GX8 (left) vs. Panasonic GX7 (Right)

Panasonic GX8 camera features newly developed 20 Megapixel CMOS sensor on the other hand the Panasonic GX7 carries traditional 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor.

The color catching capability of Panasonic GX7 looks better than of Panasonic GX8 camera. The Panasonic GX8 showing bit faded colors when compared to GX7.


 

Now its time to see High ISO test of the newly announced Panasonic GX8 camera.

Panasonic-GX8-vs-GX7-high-IThe Camera features 20.2 MP resolution 4/3 sensor on the other hand the Panasonic GX7 features years old 16 MP sensor.

We are not impressed by low-light performance of the newly announced camera

The bigger image on the left side is obliviously of the newly announced Panasonic GX8 camera. The biggest drawback of the newly announced sensor is average low-light performance compared to the predecessor,  we are unable to detect at major difference between both image. Panasonic GX8 image look bit more flat compared to GX7 camera.

At the end I want to say the image captured via a Beta Panasonic GX8 camera, the final production version may carry some minor improvement. We will post more High Test and new related to Panasonic GX8 camera ..

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Also see  – How Panasonic DFD Technology Work?

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How Panasonic DFD Technology Work?

While looking at the recently published spec comparison at our website many of our users are sending few common questions to us, it includes; How Panasonic is able to do AF in just 0.07 sec with the help of contrast based technology? Does DFD technology is actually a firmware or hardware thing ? Where does the Panasonic DFD Actually placed, inside the sensor or somewhere else ?

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What is DFD?

Panasonic DFD is hardware and exclusively designed & developed by Panasonic and it’s not a software. DFD autofocus relies on special hardware in the camera’s processor, so can’t be brought to older models via firmware updates.

How it Work?

Before we explain that we have to understand how the traditional contrast based system work, the traditional contrast detect system based camera actually. Camera having a normal contrast based Sensor determines the best focus point by moving the AF ring and scanning the entire subject, once the scan is done the lens AF reverse back to peak focus point. However when a Panasonic camera uses DFD technology, it quickly predict aka calculate the AF point and move AF point quickly there, finally it uses contrast based system to fine-tune the AF point.

So don’t get confused that Panasonic newly announced camera is using contrast based system only, the Camera AF based on DFD tech and later it fine-tuned by contrast AF. The biggest advantage of this technology that sensor doesn’t have any single dead pixel like other Hybrid AF sensors have for phase AF.

New features inside Panasonic GX8

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Before the announcement of Panasonic GX8 camera there were no options to the users to go beyond the 16 megapixels limit for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors. Its 5-axis Image stabilization system is designed in such a manner that it will work in two way, it sync with Lens based IS system and hence you get Dual IS system based camera that combat camera shake very effectively.

Hence, after showing its incredible features of all the sections we can undoubtedly think it as one of the unique product of Panasonic.

  1.  The most important feature of the camera is dual IS system, The GX8 features built-in 5 axis Image stabilization system as well it also supports lens based IS of Lumix O.I.S lenses. Both system work very effectively with each other and gives excellent result when used in adverse situation.
  2. Panasonic DFD Technology, the Panasonic DFD technology (Depth-From-Defocus) is added in the system camera to calculate the distance of the subject and adjust its focus quickly, as fast as 0.07 seconds. With the help of DFD technology the camera can shoot 6 frames per second with full time Auto-focus support. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.
  3. 4K Still image mode; The Panasonic GX8 is capable to capture 8MP of still images @ 30fps, it’s more than enough for a sports shooter. The biggest advantage GX8 is you can record 8 MP of still images upto 30min.
  4. Panasonic GX8 can captures 4K video at 30 frames per second and 24 frames per second at 100 Mbps in MP4 format. The camera Can also record Full HD videos @ 1080p/60, both formats are available for Full HD video mode, MP4 and AVCHD.
  5.  1/16,000 sec of electronic and 1/8000 of mechanical shutter speed. The GX8 camera can touch its shutter speed upto 1/16,000 sec. to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.

These above mentioned features are class leading and make GX8 a prefect choice for mirrorless shooter.

Also see – Panasonic GX8 vs. Panasonic GH4

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Panasonic GX8 4K Sample Video

The recently announced Panasonic GX8 camera , the camera features newly developed sensor and world first camera to feature DUAL IS system, the camera features built-in image 5-axis stabilization system and also utilizes the lens IS correction mechanism.

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Take a look at the sample videos captured with Panasonic GX8, the first video 4K video is captured with a pre-production camera and the next one is uploaded by Panasonic itself,


Daniel Berehulak, a world-renowned award-winning photojournalist, travelled to Cuba with new LUMIX DMC-GX8 to document an evolving culture and society going through significant social, political and economic change. This is a part of his journey recorded with GX8 in 4K.
You can also enjoy photos shot by him and the behind-the-scenes with shooting impression of GX8.

Panasonic GX8 vs. Panasonic GH4

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Take a look at the specification comparison review of both the camera, the recently announced Panasonic GX8 camera features newly developed MOS sensor from Sony on the other hand the Panasonic GH4 features traditional 16MP sensor, for other noticeable difference written below…

Major Difference

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs. Panasonic GH4 Specification Comparison Table.

Features / Models Panasonic GX8 Panasonic GH4
Megapixel 20 megapixels 16.5 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13mm)
Low-Pass-Filter Yes Yes
AF System Contrast Detect (sensor) Contrast Detect (sensor)
AF points 49 49
ISO 100-25600 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60 sec 1/16000 sec 60 sec 1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 10fps 12fps
Video 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 4096 x 2160 (24p)
Display 3″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen OLED (1,040,000) 3″ Touch screen Swivel  OLED (1,036,000)
Viewfinder EVF 100% EVF 100%
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In with NFC Built-In
Battery Life (CIPA) 330 shots 500 shots
Dimensions  133 x 78 x 63 mm 133 x 93 x 84 mm
Weight 487g 560g

Sensor: The sensor size of both the camera is same but they features different resolution, the Panasonic GX8 4/3 sensor features 20 MP sensor as well as the Panasonic GH4 features a 16 MP 4/3 sensor.  The sensor inside the Panasonic GX8 is actually newly designed and developed by Sony, so despite of having same size and same ISO range I do believe the sensor inside the Panasonic GX8 will capture better still and video compared the GH4 camera.

With the help of new Venus Engine IX image processor and Sony IMX 269 sensor the camera is able to record 4K video at 30 and 24 fps, not only that you can also shoot 4K snaps (8 megapixels) @ 30 frames per second, that’s more than enough for capturing a live F1 event.

Panasonic GH4 full resolution continuous shooting speed is approx 12 fps and on the other hand the Panasonic GX8 continuous shooting speed is limited to 10 fps only, however keep in mind that the resolution of GX8 is bit high compared to the GH4.

The other major advantage of the new image processor is increase in the AF speed of the camera, although both camera is based on contrast based system but due to the addition of Venus Engine IX processor the AF speed is now approx 40% faster than the AF speed of GX7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 vs. Panasonic GH4 2

Due to the presence of Electronic shutter in GX8 camera you get electronic shutter speed of 1/16000 sec where as the GH4 shutter speed is limited to 1/8000, with the Panasonic GX8 you can easily capture any sports event or flying bird in the air (highly suitable for sports and wildlife photography)

The Panasonic GX8 carry built-in WiFi and NFC, with the help of WiFi you can easily share your files whereas the with the NFC you can easily control you camera from a distance, you can use any of you NFC enabled smart device to control your camera. The Panasonic GH4 carries only built-in WiFi tag, so it can only used for sharing files.

Verdict: The Panasonic GX8 features improved core specification compared to the Panasonic GH4 camera, you get a camera with bit better core specification at $500 less.

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Panasonic GX8 Sample Image

Take a look at the Sample images of Panasonic GX8 below, Full size images isn’t available yet and the sample images available doesn’t actually describe the full strength of the camera, however we will bring more samples and put here, so if you like the camera for any reason you must bookmark this page for future reference

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panasonic-gx8-sample-1-imgsee more sample and source available here 1. malacca  2. nagasaki