• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Samsung NX200 advantages over Panasonic GF5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.6 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF5 advantages over Samsung NX200

  • 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
    ~1.40 vs 3.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    364g vs 525g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.36 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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

  • Sleek, more professional camera design; faster autofocus system and burst modes; solid performance at high ISOs despite the bump up in megapixels.

  • Significantly more expensive than previous model; slow buffer clearing with RAW images; with kit lens attached, camera becomes less portable.

  • Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden.

  • LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Samsung NX200
Sony NEX-C3
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • More pixels
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GF5
Sony NEX-C3
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Samsung NX200
Olympus E-PM1
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM1
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX200
Sony NEX-7
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic GF5
Sony NEX-7
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX300

Samsung NX200
Samsung NX300
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF5
Samsung NX300
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-PL6

Samsung NX200
Olympus E-PL6
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PL6
  • $199
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
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