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Nikon Z6 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8

We compare the Nikon Z6 to the Olympus PEN E-PL8: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Nikon Z6 is on the left, the Olympus PEN E-PL8 on the right:

Z6 vs PEN E-PL8 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Nikon Z6 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8: Specifications at a glance

Z6

  • Introduced in August 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 24 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Z Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm³ (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7")
  • 675g (21.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Z6

PEN E-PL8

  • Introduced in September 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 117.1 x 68.3 x 38.4mm³ (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
  • 374g (12.1 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN E-PL8

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Z6 and PEN E-PL8

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

Z6 vs PEN E-PL8: The sensors

The Z6 features a Full frame sized sensor, while the PEN E-PL8 uses a Four Thirds sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: Z6 and PEN E-PL8 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Boasting an area of 856mm² (1.37 sq.in.) the sensor of the Z6 is a lot larger than the PEN E-PL8's chip at 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.). In most cases a larger sensor will yield better results in low light, a considerable advantage in many situations (e.g. interior images), a clear disadvantage of the Four Thirds format.

Advantage: Nikon Z6

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Nikon Z6 on the left, the Olympus PEN E-PL8 in the right column:

Advantage Nikon Z6...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

PEN E-PL8

Larger sensor (5)Full frameFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.5016.10
Faster (4, frames/second)128
More AF points (4)27381
Sensitivity (4)100 - 51200 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.101.04
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Z6 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Nikon are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The Z6 scores 30 points.

...and here's where the Olympus PEN E-PL8 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

PEN E-PL8

Larger lens selection (3)380
Longer battery life (3, photos)330350
Weighs less (2)675g
(21.8 oz.)
374g
(12.1 oz.)
More portable (2)909cm³
(57 cu.in.)
307cm³
(19 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL8 are the larger selection of lenses, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the Z6. Another advantage over the Z6: the more compact size.

Yields 10 points for the PEN E-PL8.

...and here's what both have in common

Z6

PEN E-PL8

Sensor cleaning
Image stabilizer
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Nikon Z6 again on the left, Olympus PEN E-PL8 on the right:

Front view of the Z6 and the PEN E-PL8...

Z6 und PEN E-PL8, front viewZ6 und PEN E-PL8, front view

...and here we see the Nikon and the Olympus from above:

Z6 und PEN E-PL8, view from aboveZ6 und PEN E-PL8, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Nikon Z6

Olympus PEN E-PL8

30
10

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon Z6.

Our rating of the Nikon Z6

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Our rating of the Olympus PEN E-PL8

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