• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Panasonic GX9

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $898
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer video battery life
    90 vs 70 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 660g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Panasonic GX9 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    8 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality; Good high ISO performance for its class; Improved JPEG processing; Fast autofocus; Fast ~9fps burst mode.

  • Smallish field-sequential EVF; Below average battery life; No mic/headphone jacks; Noticeable crop on 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL7
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $499
  • 4/3
Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-PL7
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Internal flash
Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX9
Panasonic GX85
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-PL9
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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