• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Olympus E-M1X

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $2999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 997g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 49 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus E-M1X advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 870 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    7 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.7 fps vs 8.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.7 fps vs 7.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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

  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Terrific overall image quality for a 20MP 4/3" sensor; Very good high ISO performance this sensor size; Very impressive & improved AF performance; Extremely fast, responsive overall performance; New Intelligent Subject Detection AF feature works well; More video features; Outstanding IBIS.

  • Image quality not improved from (updated) E-M1 II; Faces tough competition with image quality at this price point, especially at higher ISOs; EVF feels somewhat outdated; Expensive for a Micro Four Thirds camera.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus E-M1X
Olympus E-M1
  • $2999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M1X
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $2999
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M1X
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $2999
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GX8
Panasonic GH5
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus E-M1X
Panasonic GH5
  • $2999
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GX8
Panasonic G9
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M1X
Panasonic G9
  • $2999
  • 4/3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer video battery life
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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