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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs Sony Alpha A5100

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

3 Reasons For
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 70g digital camera. That's 154g lighter than the Sony Alpha A5100 (224g). 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.

Six more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has 11 awards, but the Sony Alpha A5100 has 5 awards.
User reviews are a little better
Based on 23 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has an average user review score of 90%, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 has an average rating of 86% (based on 36 reviews).
4 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a megapixel of 24.3MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 16MP 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.

4x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a digital zoom of 8x, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 4x 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.

One hundred and eighty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 only takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Expert reviews are a little better
The Sony Alpha A5100 has an average expert review score of 82% based on 38 reviews, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has an average rating of 81% (based on 62 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
8.3MP lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a megapixel of 16MP, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 24.3MP 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.

4x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 is an 8x 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.

One hundred and eighty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony Alpha A5100 only takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

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One month older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is older than the Sony Alpha A5100 by one month.
A little Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 81%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 82% (based on 38 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
Heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera. That's 154g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (224g). 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.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A5100 has received 5 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has received 11 awards.
A little Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A5100 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 90% (based on 23 reviews).

Awards

11 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Recommended
camerastuffreviewcom: Good Stuff
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
5 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
ua.gecid.com: Easy to Use

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

27 months Ago 26 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16MP 24.3MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
173 x 130 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
16.84MP 24.7MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2
BEST

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x 8x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
64mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
12 - 32 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Diaphragm Blade
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
37mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 179
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Sync-Speed
0.02s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
BEST
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Modes
 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 (OSD) Languages
 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
70g
BEST
224g
Height
59.5mm 62.8mm
Depth
36.1mm 35.7mm
Width
98.5mm 109.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
211g
BEST
283g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
680mAh 1,080mAh
BEST
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
220 shots 400 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V 7.4V

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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