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

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Differences

Panasonic G7 advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Panasonic G7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.77x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 240 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.9 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    36 vs 16 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

  • 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

User reviews

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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

  • Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds camera yet; Great high ISO performance; Very fast autofocus; Fast burst mode with deep buffers; Impressive Dual I.S. system; Great 4K video.

  • No built-in flash; Slow buffer clearing; Below average battery life; Limited I.S. for 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G6
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Panasonic GX8
Panasonic G6
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic G7
Olympus E-M1
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1101
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1101
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GH4
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Panasonic GX8
Panasonic GH4
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Panasonic G7
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G85
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX8
Panasonic G85
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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