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Panasonic Lumix GX80/GX85 or Sony Alpha A6000, help please!

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Thomas Keidan, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Thomas Keidan

    Thomas Keidan Member

    Hi All,

    I was initially stuck between an Olympus OMD-E10 Mark II and a Panasonic Lumix GX80/85 and after seemingly deciding on the GX80/GX85 stumbled upon the Sony A6000 which also has great reviews.

    A couple of points:

    1. This will be my first camera, an upgrade from a phone camera.

    2. I'm interested in urban, street and night photography.

    3. I'm not too fussed about the 4k video that the Panasonic offers.

    4. I'm aware that the A6000 is 24mp and the GX80/GX85 is 16mp but will this impact my photos too much? If I choose the GX80/GX85 will the photo quality of what I shoot (night, urban, street) be much worse? Will i still get great pictures as a beginner with the GX80/GX85?

    5. I prefer the look of the GX80/GX85 purely from an aesthetic point of view.

    I would really appreciate everyone's help and advice, thanks!
     
  2. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Answer to (4) is Yes, you will still get great pictures with a GX80/85 so lomng as you know how to operate the camera correctly.
    From (5) I reckon that you would regret the Olympus as you just don't like its looks.

    I'm not a fan of Sony but they do make sensors for many other cameras; the latest Panasonic cameras have around 24 MPix, so if that's the same sensor as fitted to the Sony, it will be a step up from the GX80/85 although you may struggle to notice any differences.
    Suggest that you pick up all 3 cameras and see how they feel in your hands, how easy you find it to navigate their menu systems to alter function settings etc. There's an event in London coming up next week-end where you will probably be able to handle all 3, if you cannot find any local camera shops or retailers with examples, and if London is within a reasonable distance of wherever you live
     
  3. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    The problem with these sort of questions is that very few if any of the forum members will have owned or had extensive use of both cameras. Many will have had/have one or the other but not both so can't tell you which is the better.
     
  4. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    I know nothing about any of the cameras you list, but wouldn't 16Mp be preferable to 24Mp for low light shooting? Less noise/bigger pixels etc. Assuming the same size sensor of course. Someone technical will be along shortly to give you a proper answer. :(
     
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I think the sensors are different sizes. Technology is probably more determining of noise than pixel density, which will be more similar than the pixel count. You have to look at each camera performance to draw a conclusion.
     
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