Panasonic GX8 vs Olympus E-M5 Mark II Specs Comparison

Here is the quick specs comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. You can take a look at the key differences between the two micro four thirds mirrorless cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 ($998 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): Utilizing a high resolution 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS sensor, along with a Venus Engine image processor, the GX8 is able to record 4K UHD movies at 30 or 24 fps; record full-resolution stills at 10 fps with AF-S or 8 MP stills at 30 fps; and work in difficult lighting situations with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600. Unique, in-body stabilization technology with select optically stabilized lenses work together for class-leading Dual Image Stabilization while our new 20.3-megapixel sensor achieves Panasonic’s highest image quality. The GX8 features a worry-free splashproof / dustproof rugged body so it stands up to some of the most challenging environments.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ($899 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): The E-M5 Mark II combines a 16MP Live MOS sensor with a TruePic VII Image Processor for increased performance speed and reduced noise throughout the ISO range as compared to TruePic VI. It can boast a 40MP high resolution shot mode, achieved by shifting the sensor in half-pixel steps and capturing eight images over a period of one second. Full HD 1080p video recording is now available on the Mark II with a higher bitrate of up to 77 Mb/s and various codecs.

Panasonic GX8 vs Olympus E-M5 Mark II Specs Comparison

Features Panasonic GX8 Olympus E-M5 Mark II
Sensor resolution 20.3 MP (effective) 16.1 MP (effective)
Sensor Type / Size Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm) Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift / Dual IS (with selected lenses) Sensor-shift / 5-axis
Image Processor Venus Engine TruePic VII Image Processor
AF System 49-points – DFD Contrast AF, Starlight AF, New AF tracking algorithm 81-points / Contrast-detect
Max shutter speed 60 – 1/16000 sec 60 – 1/16000 sec
Continuous shooting speed 12 fps + 4K photo mode with Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K pre-burst 5fps unlimited JPEG and RAW

(10fps with fixed focus and IS off)

Light Metering Sensor 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system 324 zones
ISO Sensitivity 200 – 25600

(100 with boost)

200 – 25600

(100 with boost)

Flash No No
Flash sync speed 1/250 sec 1/250 sec
LCD 3.0-inch OLED 1040K-dots Fully articulated Touch screen 3.0-inch 1037K-dots Fully Articulated Touchscreen
Viewfinder EVF 2360K-dots OLED 0.77x magnification (35mm equiv.)

100% coverage

EVF 2360K-dots 100% coverage

Magnification: 1.3x or 1.48x / 0.65x or 0.74x

Video Recording 2160p 30/24

1080p 30

720p 60/30

480p 30

Stereo mic

1080p30/24 (ALL-I or IPB)

1080p60 (IPB)

720p60/30/24 (ALL-I or IPB)Stereo sound

Mic socket Yes Yes
Build Quality Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
Weather Sealing Dust and Splash proof Dust, Splash and Freezeproof construction down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit / -10 degrees Celsius
Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC Wi-Fi + NFC Wi-Fi
Battery life (CIPA) 330 310
Weight 487 g (1.07 lb / 17.18 oz) 469 g (1.03 lb / 16.54 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 78 x 63 mm (5.24 x 3.07 x 2.48″) 124 x 85 x 45 mm (4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77″)
Price $998 $899