• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX20 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.33 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Samsung NX20

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 637g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 7.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • 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

  • High quality images with lots of detail; Excellent graphical user interface is fun to use; Smart implementation of WiFi makes it relatively easy to share photos wirelessly.

  • Designed so much like a DSLR you may wonder why you shouldn't get a DSLR instead; Some performance issues, particularly slow buffer clearing and shot-to-shot speed; Initial WiFi set-up can be confusing.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX20
Sony NEX-7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Sony NEX-7
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-01

Samsung NX20
Pentax K-01
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Pentax K-01
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Samsung NX20
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Samsung NX20
Panasonic GX85
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
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 Olympus E-PL9

Samsung NX20
Olympus E-PL9
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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