• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX20 advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.33 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • 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 JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 6.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic G5 advantages over Samsung NX20

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.35 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    18 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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.

  • Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

  • Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

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
Panasonic G5
Sony NEX-7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

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
Panasonic G5
Pentax K-01
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

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
Panasonic G5
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic G6

Samsung NX20
Panasonic G6
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Samsung NX20
Panasonic GX7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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