Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs Sony Alpha A5100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Sony Alpha A5100

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60ss, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is only a 30ss maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Significantly shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 0.02ss flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.98s shorter than the Sony Alpha A5100 (1ss).
Significantly higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92xx, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 is only a 0.22xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.7x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

25% lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 180gg digital camera. That's 44g lighter than the Sony Alpha A5100 (224gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Slightly shorter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a height of 59.5mmmm, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 62.8mmmm tall digital camera (3.3mm taller).
Shorter lens length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a lens length of 24mmmm, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 29.9mmmm lens length digital camera (5.9mm longer).
9.2mm smaller lens diameter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 55.5mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 9.2mm smaller than the Sony Alpha A5100 (64.7mmmm).
Vastly bigger battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a battery capacity of 680mAhmAh, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is only a 1,080mAhmAh battery digital camera (679mAh smaller).
One more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has 10 awards, but the Sony Alpha A5100 has 9 awards.
User reviews are a little better
Based on 17 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has an average user review score of 93%, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 has an average rating of 91% (based on 149 reviews).
9 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a megapixel count of 24.3MPMP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 16MPMP digital camera (8.3MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a total megapixel count of 24.7MPMP, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 16.84MPMP digital camera (7.86MP less).
4x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a digital zoom of 8xx, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 4xx digital zoom digital camera (4x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A lot smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a maximum aperture of 36, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (14 bigger).
15% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 75mmmm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 11mm longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (75mmmm).
0.4mm thinner Edit
Sony Alpha A5100 is 35.7mmmm deep, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 36.1mmmm deep digital camera (0.4mm thicker).
One hundred and eighty more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 takes 400 shots shots per battery charge, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 only takes 220 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$20 cheaper
The Sony Alpha A5100 is $19.96 cheaper than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
8.3MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a megapixel count of 16MPMP, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 24.3MPMP digital camera (8.3MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

7.86MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a total megapixel count of 16.84MPMP, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 24.7MPMP digital camera (7.86MP more).
4x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a digital zoom of 4xx, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 is an 8xx digital zoom digital camera (4x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

14 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a maximum aperture of 22, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 36 maximum aperture digital camera (14 smaller).
18% shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 64mmmm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 11mm shorter than the Sony Alpha A5100 (75mmmm).
Moderately thicker Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 36.1mmmm deep, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 35.7mmmm deep digital camera (0.4mm thinner).
One hundred and eighty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 takes 220 shots shots per battery charge, however the Sony Alpha A5100 only takes 400 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$20 more expensive
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is more expensive than the Sony Alpha A5100 by $19.96.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 shops sells the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, but 6 shops sell the Sony Alpha A5100. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
11 Reasons Against
Significantly shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 30ss, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 60ss maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 1ss flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.98s longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (1ss).
Four times lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.22xx, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 0.92xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.7x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

20% heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224gg digital camera. That's 44g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (224gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

3.3mm taller Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a height of 62.8mmmm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 59.5mmmm tall digital camera (3.3mm shorter).
Longer lens length Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a lens length of 29.9mmmm, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 24mmmm lens length digital camera (5.9mm shorter).
9.2mm bigger lens diameter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 64.7mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 9.2mm bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (64.7mmmm).
Six hundred and seventy-nine times smaller battery capacity Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a battery capacity of 1,080mAhmAh, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 680mAhmAh battery digital camera (679mAh bigger).
Three months older
The Sony Alpha A5100 is older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 by three months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A5100 has received 9 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has received 10 awards.
A little Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 91%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 93% (based on 17 reviews).

Awards

10 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Recommended
Digital Versus: 5 Star
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
9 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
chip.com.my: Outstanding
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gagadget.com: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
ua.gecid.com: Easy to Use

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

26 months Ago 28 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
16MP 24.3MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4592 x 3448
 4592 x 2584
 3424 x 3424
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 3232 x 1824
 2416 x 2416
 2272 x 1704
 2272 x 1520
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4592 x 3448
 4592 x 2584
 3424 x 3424
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 3232 x 1824
 2416 x 2416
 2272 x 1704
 2272 x 1520
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
16.84MP 24.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.1x
Digital Zoom
4x 8x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
22 36
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
64mm 75mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
24mm 24mm
Focal Length Range
12 - 32 16 - 50
Lens Structure
8/7 9/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
37mm 40.5mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
BEST
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 179
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Sync-Speed
0.02s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.92x
BEST
0.22x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment
-4 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Mode
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Night portrait
 Self-portrait
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Night portrait
 Self-portrait
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
180g
BEST
224g
Height
59.5mm
BEST
62.8mm
Depth
36.1mm 35.7mm
BEST
Width
98.5mm 109.6mm
BEST
Lens Weight
70g 116g
BEST
Lens Length
24mm
BEST
29.9mm
Lens Diameter
55.5mm
BEST
64.7mm
Weight Including Battery
211g
BEST
283g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
680mAh
BEST
1,080mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
220 shots 400 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V 7.4V

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.6 PE Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST

Other Features

Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Microphone Operation Mode
Stereo Unknown - Click to provide data
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