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Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8

Portability
59
Imaging
60
Features
89
Overall
71
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 front
Portability
74
Imaging
59
Features
84
Overall
69

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Key Specs

Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced January 2017
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH4
  • Later Model is Panasonic GH5 II
Panasonic GX8
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 487g - 133 x 78 x 63mm
  • Released July 2015
  • Replaced the Panasonic GX7
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Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GH5 (20MP) and the GX8 (20MP) is relatively similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The GH5 was launched 18 months after the GX8 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GX8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple view of how the GH5 scores against the GX8 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Panasonic GX8

 GH5 GX8 
ReleasedJanuary 2017July 2015Newer by 18 months
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k1040kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX8 over the Panasonic GH5

 GX8 GH5 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5 and Panasonic GX8

 GH5 GX8 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic GH5 comes with physical measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs) and the Panasonic GX8 has specifications of 133mm x 78mm x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5") with a weight of 487 grams (1.07 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the GH5 and the GX8.

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH5 and GX8 is 59 and 74 respectively.

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading a spec sheet. The image here will give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the GH5 and GX8.

Clearly, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of photos though you need to take the age of the products into consideration. The newer GH5 will have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH5 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GX8 as a Portrait photography camera
76
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
saves RAW files
75
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Street photography factors
Panasonic GX8 Street photography factors
74
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
includes focus via touch
weather sealing
very good high ISO (25,600)
80
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
weather sealing
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GX8 Sports photography highlights
68
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
not so great battery (410 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
68
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
not so great battery pack (330 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Travel photography details
Panasonic GX8 Travel photography details
68
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
includes focus via touch
resolution is good (20MP)
selfie friendly display
not so great battery (410 per charge)
73
weather sealing
boasts touch to focus
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (330 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GX8 Landscape photography details
75
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
has double storage slots
not so great battery (410 per charge)
76
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
not so great battery pack (330 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH5
Vlogging with Panasonic GX8
75
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
good video quality (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone port
81
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone jack
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Panasonic GH5 vs Panasonic GX8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5 and Panasonic GX8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Type Pro Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2017-01-04 2015-07-16
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 100 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 225 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,620k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680k dot 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.77x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 725 grams (1.60 pounds) 487 grams (1.07 pounds)
Physical dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 133 x 78 x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 77 75
DXO Color Depth rating 23.9 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 12.6
DXO Low light rating 807 806
Other
Battery life 410 images 330 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Dual Single
Price at release $1,298 $898