Olympus has announced the revival of its classic 1960s half-frame PEN-F film camera in digital form with 20-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and built-in EVF.
Here is a quick comparison for the Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 mirrorless cameras with20-megapixel Four Thirds sensors.
The new digital Olympus PEN-F ($1,199 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama) camera features a 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with a 50-Megapixel high resolution shot capability, 5-axis Image Stabilisation system (worth some 5 EV stops when shooting at low ISO), built-in viewfinder with a real-time preview of settings adjustments and offers an impressive 2.36 Million-dot OLED panel.
The Panasonic Lumix GX8 ($1,299 –Amazon | B&H | Adorama) mirrorless compact system camera features the company’s first Dual I.S (Image Stabiliser), a 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, a large tiltable LVF and 4K video recording capability.
Specifications Comparison of Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 Cameras
To see the differences between these mirrorless cameras we have put together Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 specs comparison table below. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.
|Features||Olympus PEN-F||Panasonic GX8|
|Sensor Type / Size||Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)||Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)|
|Image stabilization||Sensor-shift / 5-axis||Sensor-shift / Dual IS (with selected lenses)|
|Image Processor||TruePic VII||Venus Engine|
|AF System||81-points – Contrast-detect||49-points – DFD Contrast AF, Starlight AF, New AF tracking algorithm|
|Max shutter speed||60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter)||60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter)|
|Continuous shooting speed||5fps unlimited JPEG and raw
(10fps with fixed focus and IS off)
|6fps 100 JPEG/30 RAW
(8fps with fixed focus; 10fps with fixed focus and electronic shutter)
|Light Metering Sensor||324 zones -2 – 20 EV (F2.8, ISO100)||1728 zones 0 – 18 EV (F2.0, ISO100)|
|ISO Sensitivity||200 – 25600 Boost: 80||200 – 25600 Boost: 100|
|Flash||No (External flash included)||No|
|Flash sync speed||1/250 sec
(1/8000s in Super FP Mode)
|LCD||3.0-inch / 1037K-dots / Fully Articulated Touchscreen||3.0-inch / 1040K-dots / Fully Articulated OLED Touchscreen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic 2360K-dots 100% coverage||Electronic 2360K-dots 100% coverage|
|Video Recording||1080p 30/24fps (ALL-I or IPB)
1080p 60fps (IPB)
720p 60/30/24fps (ALL-I or IPB)
|Build Quality||Magnesium alloy||Magnesium alloy|
|Weather Sealing||No||Dust and Splash resistant construction|
|Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC||Wi-Fi Yes / NFC NO||Both|
|Battery life (CIPA)||330||330|
|Weight||427 g||487 g|
|Dimensions||125 x 72 x 37mm||133 x 78 x 63mm|
Below you can see both cameras costs the same price with the same 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor.
The GX8 has several advantages over the PEN-F like weather sealed body, advanced DFD technology, more accurate light metering, large viewfinder, 4K video recording, Mic support, Panorama mode and if needed NFC connectivity.
On the other hand the new PEN-F has the unique retro design and a smaller body compared to the GX8, more AF points, the innovative 5-axis IBIS and the 50MP High-Resolution capture.
The Olympus PEN-F is available with a price tag for $1,199.99 body-only. (black / silver)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is available from the camera stores below in all-black or black-and-silver variants for $1199.99 body only.