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

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Differences

Panasonic G7 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Panasonic G7

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact and lightweight for a fully-featured interchangeable-lens camera; Really fast autofocus; Good all-around performance too; Generous buffer depth; Versatile tilt/swivel LCD and high-res viewfinder; Touch-screen controls; Very affordable pricetag

  • Out of the box, colors are muted by consumer standards; Warm white balance under incandescent light; Handgrip is a little shallow for those with larger hands; Wi-Fi is overly complex and has limited range

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G6
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic G6
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GH4
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GH4
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GX85
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G85
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic G85
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Panasonic G7
Olympus E-PL9
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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