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. It comes 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 the same Four Thirds sensors.

The new digital Olympus PEN-F ($1,199 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama) 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 ($1,299 –Amazon | B&H | Adorama) 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


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.

Features Olympus PEN-F Panasonic GX8
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Sensor Type / Size Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm) Four Thirds / (17.4 x 13.0 mm)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift / 5-axis Sensor-shift / Dual IS (with selected lenses)
Image Processor TruePic VII Venus Engine
AF System 81-points – Contrast-detect 49-points – DFD Contrast AF, Starlight AF, New AF tracking algorithm
Max shutter speed 60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter) 60 – 1/8000 sec / (1/16000 electronic shutter)
Continuous shooting speed 5fps 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 Sensor 324 zones -2 – 20 EV (F2.8, ISO100) 1728 zones 0 – 18 EV (F2.0, ISO100)
ISO Sensitivity 200 – 25600 Boost: 80 200 – 25600 Boost: 100
Flash No (External flash included) No
Flash sync speed 1/250 sec
(1/8000s in Super FP Mode)
1/250 sec
LCD 3.0-inch / 1037K-dots / Fully Articulated Touchscreen 3.0-inch / 1040K-dots / Fully Articulated OLED Touchscreen
Viewfinder Electronic 2360K-dots 100% coverage Electronic 2360K-dots 100% coverage
Video Recording 1080p 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 socket No Yes
Build Quality Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
Weather Sealing No Dust and Splash resistant construction
Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC Wi-Fi Yes / NFC NO Both
Battery life (CIPA) 330 330
Weight 427 g 487 g
Dimensions 125 x 72 x 37mm 133 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.

Price and Availability

The Olympus PEN-F is available with a price tag for $1,199.99 body-only.

Buy Olympus PEN-F Camera
[Black] $1,199.99  Amazon | B&H | Adorama
[Silver] $1,199.99  Amazon | B&H | Adorama

See how we covered the Olympus PEN-F mirrorless M camera after its officially announced.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is available from the camera stores below in all-black or black-and-silver variants for $1199.99 body only.

Buy Panasonic GX8 Mirrorless Camera
Panasonic GX8 Mirrorless Camera $1,199.99 Amazon | B&H | Adorama