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Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Olympus PEN-F

We compare the Panasonic DMC GX7 to the Olympus PEN-F: 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 Panasonic DMC GX7 is on the left, the Olympus PEN-F on the right:

DMC GX7 vs PEN-F - Side by side

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

Panasonic DMC GX7 vs Olympus PEN-F: Specifications at a glance

DMC GX7

  • Introduced in September 2013
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 122.6 x 70.7 x 43.3mm³ (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.7")
  • 402g (13.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GX7

PEN-F

  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3mm³ (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.5")
  • 427g (13.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN-F

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 DMC GX7 and PEN-F

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.

DMC GX7 vs PEN-F: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: Four Thirds. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: DMC GX7 an PEN-F sensor comparison

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

The Four Thirds sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 225mm² (8.9 sq.in.).

DMC GX7 vs PEN-F: The viewfinders

The DMC GX7 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.70x.

The PEN-F features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.61x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

DMC GX7 (0.70x)

PEN-F (0.61x)

Simulated viewfinder of the DMC GX7Simulated viewfinder of the PEN-F

Advantage: Panasonic DMC GX7

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Panasonic DMC GX7 on the left, the Olympus PEN-F in the right column:

Advantage Panasonic DMC GX7...

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

DMC GX7

PEN-F

Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.762.36
Built-in flash (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GX7 are the better viewfinder and the built-in flash.

The DMC GX7 scores 6 points.

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

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

DMC GX7

PEN-F

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.0020.30
Faster (4, frames/second)910
More AF points (4)2381
Longer battery life (3, photos)320330
More portable (2)375cm³
(24 cu.in.)
336cm³
(21 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN-F are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are that the battery has more stamina and the more compact size.

Yields 18 points for the PEN-F.

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

DMC GX7

PEN-F

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity200 - 25600 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Lens selection8080
Image stabilizer
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Almost equal weight402g427g
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Panasonic DMC GX7 again on the left, Olympus PEN-F on the right:

Front view of the DMC GX7 and the PEN-F...

DMC GX7 und PEN-F, front viewDMC GX7 und PEN-F, front view

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

DMC GX7 und PEN-F, view from aboveDMC GX7 und PEN-F, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Panasonic DMC GX7

Olympus PEN-F

6
18

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus PEN-F.

Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GX7

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Our rating of the Olympus PEN-F

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