• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A6000 advantages over Panasonic GX85

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,347 vs 662 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 360 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    75 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GX85 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    44 vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

  • Excellent build-quality; Good ergonomics for its size; Built-in 5-axis Dual IS, Built-in EVF; Tilting LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Excellent 4K video quality; Fast autofocus and burst modes; Generous buffers; Tons of advanced features; Built-in Wi-Fi.

  • EVF could be better; Sluggish RAW and RAW+JPEG buffer clearing; No external mic and headphone jacks; Slow x-sync speed; Mediocre battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A6000
Samsung NX1100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
Panasonic GX85
Samsung NX1100
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher-res screen
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX85
Sony A5100
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC

Compared to Canon EOS M3

Sony A6000
Canon EOS M3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GX85
Canon EOS M3
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Sony A6000
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Sony A6000
Olympus E-PL8
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-PL8
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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