Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 Comparison

Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 Comparison

Olympus has announced the revival of its classic 1960s half-frame PEN-F film camera in digital form with 20-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and built-in EVF.

Here is a quick comparison for the Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 mirrorless cameras with 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensors.

The new digital Olympus PEN-F camera features a 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with a 50-Megapixel high resolution shot capability, 5-axis Image Stabilisation system (worth some 5 EV stops when shooting at low ISO), built-in viewfinder with a real-time preview of settings adjustments and offers an impressive 2.36 Million-dot OLED panel.

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 mirrorless compact system camera features the company’s first Dual I.S (Image Stabiliser), a 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, a large tiltable LVF and 4K video recording capability.

Specifications Comparison of Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 Cameras

Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 Comparison

To see the differences between these mirrorless cameras we have put together Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic GX8 specs comparison table below. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

FeaturesOlympus PEN-FPanasonic GX8
Sensor resolution20MP20MP
Sensor Type / SizeFour Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift / 5-axisSensor-shift / Dual IS (with selected lenses)
Image ProcessorTruePic VIIVenus Engine
AF System81-points – Contrast-detect49-points – DFD Contrast AF, Starlight AF, New AF tracking algorithm
Max shutter speed60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter)60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter)
Continuous shooting speed5fps unlimited JPEG and raw
(10fps with fixed focus and IS off)
6fps 100 JPEG/30 RAW
(8fps with fixed focus; 10fps with fixed focus and electronic shutter)
Light Metering Sensor324 zones -2 – 20 EV (F2.8, ISO100)1728 zones 0 – 18 EV (F2.0, ISO100)
ISO Sensitivity200 – 25600 Boost: 80200 – 25600 Boost: 100
FlashNo (External flash included)No
Flash sync speed1/250 sec
(1/8000s in Super FP Mode)
1/250 sec
LCD3.0-inch / 1037K-dots / Fully Articulated Touchscreen3.0-inch / 1040K-dots / Fully Articulated OLED Touchscreen
ViewfinderElectronic 2360K-dots 100% coverageElectronic 2360K-dots 100% coverage
Video Recording1080p 30/24fps (ALL-I or IPB)
1080p 60fps (IPB)
720p 60/30/24fps (ALL-I or IPB)
2160p 30/24fps
1080p 60/30fps
720p 60/30fps
Mic socketNoYes
Build QualityMagnesium alloyMagnesium alloy
Weather SealingNoDust and Splash resistant construction
Built-in Wi-Fi / NFCWi-Fi Yes / NFC NOBoth
Battery life (CIPA)330330
Weight427 g487 g
Dimensions125 x 72 x 37mm133 x 78 x 63mm

Below you can see both cameras costs the same price with the same 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor.

The GX8 has several advantages over the PEN-F like weather sealed body, advanced DFD technology, more accurate light metering, large viewfinder, 4K video recording, Mic support, Panorama mode and if needed NFC connectivity.

On the other hand the new PEN-F has the unique retro design and a smaller body compared to the GX8, more AF points,  the innovative 5-axis IBIS and the 50MP High-Resolution capture.