Sony a6000 vs Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M10 CSC Comparison

June 10, 2014

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In this article I will compare the Sony Alpha a6000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and Olympus OM-D E-M10. All three are compact system cameras, and all are popular among enthusiast photographers looking for an advanced CSC. We’ll get familiar with those three cameras and learn to understand the cons and pros of each one. I hope that after reading this article, you’ll get a much better understanding regarding which camera fits your shooting style best, based on its features, image quality and performance compared to its peers.

We’ll start with a short introduction to each camera (well, kind of short), and then we’ll continue to the in-depth comparison review section, where you’ll be able to comprehend the differences between those three cameras.

Sony a6000

Sony a6000

Sony a6000

The Sony Alpha a6000 is Sony’s most popular mirrorless camera on, capturing both the first position (Kit) and the second position (body only).  The Sony a6000 is one of those cameras that seems to be sewn to many enthusiasts, that until the a6000 was announced on February 2014, had to make some tough compromises. Whether it’s because of the tight budget, cumulative features demands, it seems that everyone was waiting for the perfect mirrorless.

Maybe “perfect” is not the right word, but I personally didn’t want to pass over a high quality electronic viewfinder, wanted a camera that perform admirably in low-light and one with decent video quality and fast performance — can we get it all in one package?

The Sony Alpha a6000 tries to do that just, be a all-around excellent camera for a reasonable price.  The body of the a6000 costs around $600 as of the time of writing. This isn’t cheap as the a5000 (~$450) or cheap as some other entry-level mirrorless cameras, but you do get a lot in return, as you’ll soon see.

The A6000 is relatively compact camera if you compare it to some other mirrorless, and especially versus a DSLR camera. It comes with a 24.3 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Some of you might raised an eyebrow, thinking to yourself if there is going to be an end for this megapixel race. However, although I personally prefer less pixels and much better low-light performance, the a6000 was able to maintain very good high ISO performance, even with its high resolution factor. This shows us how advanced Sony’s sensors are.  Each pixel of the a6000 measures approximately 3.92 microns, so it’s not that small at all, especially if you compare it to some of the Micro Four Thirds or Nikon 1 offering.

The a6000 boasts Sony’s latest BIONZ X image processor, can shoot at impressive 11 fps in bust mode with AF tracking. The AF system utilizes both the contrast-detect AF and phase-detection AF technologies, including 25-point CDAF and 179-point PDAF (aka Hybrid AF). This allows the camera to focus faster and more accurately as opposed to a contrast only based AF and one with fewer autofocus points. This works for both stills and movie recording as well.

The a6000 boasts a Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity, which allows you toe bind your camera with a smartphone or tablet device (e.g. Apple iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple iPad, etc.). When pairing the two and once you installed the proprietary PlayMemories app, you’ll be abble to easily share photos and videos from your camera, upload them to a remote location, edit them on your phone and also remotely control the camera through the phone app, which acts like a remote control / live view app for the a6000.

The a6000 has intuitive controls that offers fast access to frequently used functions. This also includes among others, two custom buttons (C1 at the top, C2 at the back) and two dials. The camera has a very comfortable rubber-textured grip that gives a good secure feel when you hold the camera in one hand.

At the back you have a 3.0-inch 921.6K-dots LCD that tilts 90 degrees up and 45 degrees down for low and high-angle shots. This is not a touch-sensitive display though, something to keep in mind if you wanted a camera with a touchscreen. The camera also comes with a built-in 1440K-dots OLED electronic viewfinder. This is one features that I personally find it hard to live without. I always prefer shooting with a viewfinder, although I don’t mind living without it if it compromises the portability for my walkaround camera. For a mirrorless camera, I think that most photographers agree that this is a very useful features. It makes it much easier to compose your shots, especially when shooting in bright daylight or/and against a very bright light source. I also find it to elevate the experience.. It’s like you and the subject, nothing else important — and I cherish these moment with every photo I take.

You also get to enjoy 1080p60/24 (progressive frame rate) videos with stereo sound, Clean HDMI output for video recording, but the camera lacks a mic or headphone socket, although you have the option to mount the Sony ECM-W1M wireless microphone attachment to improve the audio quality of your videos.

There isn’t much to complain about the a6000. It really does many things and does it as it should. There are many photographers that know how to appreciate a good mirrorless camera when they see one, and the a6000 is one of those cameras. Dpreview gave this camera the Gold Award, and it grabbed many high ratings from leading camera review websites. So although you might find some features missing compared to the other two cameras I compare here, the a6000 should certainly be positioned high on your list, even if you opt to compare it versus other mirrorless cameras, ones that are not compared here in this article.

Panasonic Lumix GX7

Panasonic Lumix GX7

Panasonic Lumix GX7

The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is a high-end  mirrorless camera, some categorized it as mid-range, but the price speaks for itself. You can buy it for around $900 with the 14-42mm, which for some reason it cheaper if you buy it without a lens (~$1000). The price might be a bit stiff for some, and that is why in my opinion, the Alpha a6000 sound like a good alternative for some people.

Price aside, the GX7 really shines when it comes to its overall feature pack, and most of those features are indeed useful. The GX7 brings to many photographers what the a6000 brings, lots of features! — but this time in a less tempting price tag.

There is plenty to talk about, and as you’ll soon see, the GX7 is really one of the most interesting mirrorless cameras for 2013/2014. At the heart of the camera is a 16 megapixels Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. This sensor is significantly smaller than that of the APS-C of the a6000. Even though it has only 16MP, due to the sensor size, those pixels are smaller (3.76 microns) than the a6000 (3.92 microns). This shows you why Sony wasn’t afraid to go with a higher resolution, it wanted to take advantage of the fact that its alpha cameras use a large sensor, so why not give their users enjoy a higher resolution.

Unfortunately, the GX7 sensor doesn’t employ phase-detection pixels. This means that the GX7 only utilizes the advantage of contrast-detect AF alone. This reduces the AF capabilities of the GX7 by quite a large margin compared to cameras using a hybrid AF system. For me it was petty to see that Panasonic ditched the phase-detection AF option, as many mirrorless cameras do come with this option, and some of them are much less expensive than the GX7.

I think that most photographers would be happy to have a hybrid AF, but if you are not that concerned about it,  Panasonic did spoil us with other unique features instead.

At the back of the camera you’ll find one of the features that is unique to the GX7 and that is the 2764K-dot 0.7x magnification 90-degree tilting electronic viewfinder. Yep, you read it right, a tilting viewfinder. You can use this high-res viewfinder to compose from above the camera, rather than forcing yourself to shoot from behind the camera as with the non-rotating viewfinders. This can come in handy for macro photography for example, but at times that is not comfortable or possible to lie down or bent down to compose your shot.

The camera also employs an in-camera sensor-shift using the Lumix Mega O.I.S. technology that works with every lens you attach to the camera. This IBIS mechanism was criticize for a few reasons: first the stabilization is not available for image composition, which means that you don’t see the stabilization effect when looking through the viewfinder or the rear LCD (I find it to be an issue only with telephoto zoom lenses, not with wide angle or normal zoom lenses). Second, the IBIS doesn’t work in movie mode and thirds, and third, the IBIS is not effective as photographers might as hoped. So according to what I’ve read, you can expect around 2-stop advantage. The OM-D E-M5 5-axis IBIS is more effective in comparison.

*video by TheCameraStoreTV YouTube user

Other features include: 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 5 fps burst shooting (40 fps if you use the electronic shutter in SH mode), 1080p60/30/24 and 1080i60 Full HD video recording, timelapse and panorama functions, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, lots of built-in filter effects, focus peaking and Pinpoint AF, 3.0″ touch-enabled tilting (40 degrees up, 80 degrees down) display, magnesium alloy body, lots of scene mode for stills and videos. built-in flash, etc.

For some people it might seems that Panasonic put lots of features but missed some of the important ones, but if you go over the features you can see that the GX7 is an excellent camera overall. Let’s not forget the amount of Micro Four Thirds lenses available for you.  This high-end mirrorless camera was favored by many camera reviewers that found it as one of the best all-around performers, some disagreed.

The GX7 will appeal to those who appreciate the GX7 design and build quality, image stabilization, wireless capabilities, tilting viewfinder and tilting rear LCD, in-body IS, 1/8000 sec shutter speed and all the wide-range of built-in software-based functions.  Yes, the GX7 doesn’t have it all, and there are cameras with better IBIS and Hybrid AF. So it although it’s not a 8+ in all categories, it does well in most of them, and it’s really an excellent camera that will satisfy the demands of many enthusiasts photographers.

Olympus OM-D E-M10

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the latest addition to Olympus OM-D range of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. It sits below the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5.  As of the time of writing, the E-M10 costs around $700 (body only), which is $100 less than the E-M5 and $550 less than the flagship mode, E-M1. If you are interested in knowing the differences between those two cameras, I recommend reading my E-M1 vs E-M5 review.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 size comparison

Olympus OM-D E-M10 size comparison versus E-M5 and E-M1

The OM-D E-M10 already won numerous awards and grabbed high score from many leading camera review’s website. Although it’s an entry-level in the OM-D series and sits below the E-M5, in some ways, it’s even more advanced then the E-M5 and the word entry-level might do it injustice as you’ll soon see.

The E-M10 drops the weather-sealing of its bigger brothers and its body is made of a combination of polycarbonate and magnesium alloy, instead of full magnesium alloy built — yet, it significantly smaller than the E-M5 and carries roughly the same advanced design and controls as the E-M5.

The E-M10 uses the same 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor as the E-M5 and the latest TruePic VII image processing chip as the E-M1 (the E-M5 uses TruePic VI processor).  On of the features that Olympus is very proud of is the built-in image stabilization (IBIS). All the OM-D cameras boasts this built-in sensor-shift image stabilization mechanism, however, the E-M10 one is less effective and offers only 3-axis (yaw/pitch/roll, 3.5 stops) compensation, compared to 5-axis (~4 stops) of the E-M5 and E-M1. That being said, I’m sure that you’ll find the IBIS very effective as it works with every lens you attach to the camera. If the MFT lens already got a lens-shift IS built-in, you can choose to override the default and use the lens IS instead.

Before we continue, check out this OMD EM10 3-Axis stabilization tests by Blunty YouTube user (jump to minute 2:42 for the tests)

Olympus also dropped the 1/8000 sec shutter speed and offers only 1/4000 sec max shutter speed. The cameras also lacks the AP2 accessory port, but I’m pretty sure that many photographers won’t find it as a big drawback. On the positive side, the E-M10 gains a built-in Flash, wireless connectivity 30p video recording that absent on the E-M5 camera.

The E-M10 has a 1.44 million dot digital viewfinder that allows better visibility when shooting in bright daylight, and for those who prefer composing their shots using a viewfinder instead of the rear LCD. The EVF automatically adjusts its brightness based on the ambient light surrounding the camear.  The camera also has a 3.0″ 1037K-dots tilting (80 deg. up / 50 deg. down) touchscreen display, which allows photographers, among others, to capture image with only one-touch, just tap on the screen to capture the image (same as a smartphone camera).

The E-M10 can shoot entirely in Auto mode, but the main benefits when purchasing a camera like this, is having to utilize its wide range of manual and customization options to produce more creative results.  This includes Exposure/ISO/White Balance/Flash/Art filter bracketing, built-in HDR and also bracketing for HDR process, lots of art filters and effects to apply to your images, photo story mode with various effects, timelapse movie recording, various movie functions, interval mode (1 sec – 24 hours, max 999 frames), multi-exposure shots (2 frames), in-camera RAW processing, 2x one push tele-converter, wireless shooting (need to install an app onto your mobile device), GPS geotagging (using mobile Wi-Fi connectivity) and more.

The camera can shoot at 8 frames per second in sequential shooting mode and all in all it’s fast and very responsive. The E-M10 was criticized for the somewhat mediocre video quality, not having weathersealing, the lack of an accessory port and mic input and its button layout, but overall there is not too much to complain about this camera. If you are searching for a highly capable Micro Four Thirds camera and can leave without the absent features from the E-M5, you might find yourself a real winner here, and the E-M10 should certainly be at the top of your list.

The E-M10 won several awards, including dpreview’s Gold Award,  2014 TIPA Award for Best CSC entry-level (although not that entry-level in my opinion) and many editor’s choice awards from leading camera review websites.  It is positioned at the 15th place in best selling Compact system camera’s list, but in my opinion, it’s relatively high price prevented it from progressing higher (position as of the time of writing, June 10th, 2014).

E-M10 vs a6000 vs GX7 Comparison

OK, now that you’ve got yourself familiar with the key features of the three cameras, let’s take a look at the differences between those three cameras. I know that it’s easy to get confused when comparing more than two cameras, so make sure that you tagged the features that important to you the most and built your buying decision from the point on, by eliminating the cameras that doesn’t have the must-have features that you are looking for in your next camera and the one that better fits your shooting style needs.

Remember, some features are less important and some you might never use. You can save yourself a great deal of money by making sure that you don’t pick the more expensive camera for the wrong reasons.. or in other words, pay for features that you won’t use in practice. Instead, put that money in a second or better lens, this will help you make the best of your skill and allow you to be more creative, productive and save you money on the way.

a6000GX7OM-D E-M10
AnnouncedFebruary 12, 2014January 29, 2014August 1, 2013
Camera TypeRangefinder-style mirrorlessSLR-style mirrorlessRangefinder-style mirrorless
Build QualityComposite, Magnesium alloy and polycarbonateMagnesium AlloyComposite, Magnesium alloy and polycarbonate
Sensor &
24.3 megapixels (effective)
23.5 x 15.6 mm

1.5x crop factor

~3.92 micron pixel size

Has an optical low-pass filter

Anti Dust: charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism.

Bionz X image processor
16.00 megapixels (effective)
Live MOS
17.3 x 13.0 mm
[Micro Four Thirds]

2.0x crop factor

~3.76 micron pixel size

Has an optical low-pass filter

Anti Dust: Supersonic wave filter

Venus Engine
16.10 megapixels (effective)
Live MOS
173 x 13.0 mm
[Micro Four Thirds]

2.0x crop factor

~3.75 micron pixel size

Has an optical low-pass filter

Anti Dust: Supersonic wave filter

TruePic VII image processor

A few things to note here. First, the GX7 has the better build quality of the three, but the other two feel pretty solid in the hands.

In terms of buttons and dials, the three cameras offer lots of button and dials that offer quick access to frequently used camera settings, including Fn buttons that can be customized. That being said, the E-M10 is the most robust among the three .

The a6000 is the only one in the group to have an APS-C sensor, the other two have a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is significantly smaller. However, there are other things that effect image quality, including pixel size, sensor technology and image processing among others. We can see that although the GX7 and EM10 both have pixels that are pretty large compared to the a6000. That because both use a lower resolution sensor, about 8MP less than the a6000. This should promote a good balance between image quality and low-light performance, and I'm glad that neither Oly and Panasonic have opted for a higher resolution sensor.
ISO100 - 25600
51200 (Multi-Frame NR)
200 - 25600

125 Extended
100 - 25600
High ISO
High ISO Performance: a6000 vs gx7: a6000 produces images with less noise. I didn't quite like the fact that there was chrome noise evident in some areas at ISO 1600, but nothing to be too concerned about. Both perform great up to ISO 3200. In general, Don't expect a big difference, the GX7 even with its smaller sensor (but slightly smaller pixels) perform incredibly well. The a6000 won just slightly, so I personally wouldn't base my buying decision on the high ISO performance alone, and I think neither should you.

High ISO Performance: a6000 vs E-M10: superb performances from both cameras up to ISO 1600. The image start degrading faster at ISO 3200, but the image is still relatively very clean, with a slight edge in favor of the a6000.

At ISO 6400 there is a big difference and the image degrades more noticeably with much more noise in both dark and bright areas of the image. The a6000 was holding quite good and performed noticeably better (at 100% scale) than the E-M10.

So I can say that all in all, the a6000 takes the first place, GX7 second and E-M10 not to far behind at the third place. If you want the best high ISO performance, you should probably be looking at the a6000, but as I said, the different it small between the a6000 and GX7, and quite more evident (~ 1 stop) between the a6000 and the E-M10, but that's when you shoot above ISO1600.

If you find yourself shooting at ISO 1600 and below, you shouldn't bother yourself with the high ISO performance, all three are about equally good at ISO 1600 and below.
AF SystemFast Hybrid AF (commercial name)

170 points phase-detection AF
25 points contrast-detection AF
23 points contrast-detection AF81 points contrast-detection AF
The a6000 is the only camera among the three to use a Hybrid AF system.

This means that it takes advantage of the benefits of the two AF system types, the contrast-detection and phase-detection, which provided it with faster and more accurate subject-tracking autofocusing for both stills and videos.

Both the GX7 and the E-M10 AF performance is excellent, with the M10 having an advantage of more AF points, that should, theoretically, an advantage when shooting moving subjects.

Keep in mind that you should also pick up a lens that focus faster in order to take advantage of the AF performance that each camera offer. Some camera manufacturer show some performance benchmark numbers on their site, but those numbers are tight to a specific lens that the camera was tested with.
LCD3.0 inch
Tilting (up 90°/down 45°)

Not touchscreen
3.0 inch
Tilting (up 45°/down 80°)

3.0 inch
Tilting (up 80°/down 50°)


The a6000 is the only camera that doesn't boast a touch-sensitive display and has slightly lower resolution display than the other two cameras.

That being said, all three provide d the photographers with a high-res tilting display, which is useful for high and low-angle shots, especially useful when shooting videos.

I think that the touchscreen will appeal to those who come from point-and-shoot or mobile phones, and prefer composing the shot and operate the camera via the rear display.

100% FOV
1.07x (0.70x 35mn equivalent) magnification

The camera also accepts an external EVF via the MI shoe- but obviously you don't need it.

90-degree tiltable

100% FOV
1.39x (0.70x 35mm equivalent) magnification

100% FOV
1.15x (0.57x 35mm equivalent) magnification
All three cameras have a built-in electronic/digital eye-level viewfinder. This is a very important feature for many photographers.

Both the a6000 and the GX7 have the largest viewfinder (highest magnification), but the GX7 has almost double the resolution of the a6000 viewfinder.

The GX7 is the only camera among three to offer tiltable / adjustable EVF.
Built-in FlashYes (6.00m)Yes (7.00m) Yes (5.80m)
External FlashYes (via Multi Interface shoe)Yes (via hot-shoe)Yes (via hot-shoe)
Flash X Sync speed1/160 sec1/320 sec1/200 sec
Continuous Shooting11 fps5 fps8 fps
Planning to shoot sports or any fast action photography lie birds, car racing, running kids, basketball game, etc. ? -- the a6000 might be the best option with its super fast burst and advanced Hybrid AF system.
Video Recording1080p60/24

Stereo sound

Clean HDMI output for video recording

No microphone input
No headphone jack for audio monitoring

No 3.5mm mic input for external microphone, but you can use the Sony ECM-W1M wireless microphone for camera with multi-interface shoe (a6000 among them)

Stereo sound

Clean HDMI output for video recording (same as the GH3 and GH2)

No microphone input
No headphone jack for audio monitoring


Stereo sound

No microphone input
No headphone jack for audio monitoring
The a6000 and GH3 both offer 60p video recording and clean HDMI and are better fit for video enthusiast. Yet, both the a6000 and GX7 were negatively criticized for not having a mic input nor a headphone jack. That being said, the a6000 is compatible with the ECM-W1M wireless mic, whether with the other too you'll need to record the audio using external audio recorders and sync is using a software in your computer. Some use the internal mic sound to sync the audio with the external recording, but I find it a bit too complicated for my test, but I am not a pro either, just a hobbyist videographer :)

60p will provide you with smoother video playback compared to 30p or 24p, but at the cost of large video file size.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec60 - 1/8000 sec

Motion image: 1/25 - 1/16000 (electronic shutter)
60 - 1/4000 sec
The GX7 is the only camera to offer 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed for stills. This is great for for two reasons: getting more control over the exposure instead of stopping it down using the ISO or lens aperture or when using a very fast-aperture lens and you want to be able to shoot with the aperture wide-open but you miss a stop to get the optimal exposure and at times you are already shooting with the minimum (base) ISO. Second, it allows you to freeze fast moving subject where the 1/4000 sec might not be sufficient.

I think that most people that aren't into fast-action photography can't certainly leave without it. If you know you need it, you need my advice on that.
WirelessWiFi + NFC

Remote control and sharing using Sony PlayMemories Camera App for iOS & Android
WiFi + NFC

Remote control and sharing using Panasonic Image App for iOS & Android

Remote control and sharing using Olympus’ OI Share app for iOS & Android
The E-M10 doesn't offer Near Field communication (NFC), this means that binding process is not as easy as that without NFC.
Battery Life (CIPA)420 shots350 shots320 shots
Environmentally SealedNoNoNo
Weight344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz)402 g (0.89 lb / 14.18 oz)396 g (0.87 lb / 13.97 oz)
Dimensions120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77″)123 x 71 x 55 mm (4.83 x 2.78 x 2.15″)119 x 82 x 46 mm (4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81″)
The a6000 is the smallest and slimmest among the three, but all three cameras are relatively small if you compare them to an entry-level DSLR.

I wouldn't worry too much about the size in that particular comparison, you'll be carrying a small camera bag anyways, as neither is pocketable (don't forget about the lens).

Ergonomic wise, the GX7 and a6000 offer a more prominent grip, wether the E-M10' is rather small and offer less secure holding of the camera.
Vertical GripNoNoYes

Olympus ECG-1 (no battery compartment)
Built-in GPSNoNo

via smartphone GPS

via smartphone GPS
Timelapse RecordingYes, via downloadable appYes, built-inYes, built-in
Orientation SensorYesYesYes
Image Stabilizationlens-shift (depends on the lens)sensor-shift (built-in)

2-axis (~2 stops) stabilization
sensor-shift (built-in)

3-axis (~3.5 stops) stabilization

Now let’s take a look at some sample videos taken with each camera..

Olympus OM-D E-M10 sample video

Panasonic Lumix GX7 sample video

Sony Alpha a6000 video sample


So which one should you buy, the Sony a6000, Panasonic GX7 or Olympus OM-D E-M10? — Well, first of all, the decision is not easy, but I think that if you looked closely at the comparison table above, you probably noticed the key differences. The Sony Alpha a6000 is the #1 best seller on under the Compact System Camera’s category, and for a good reason. It’s the cheapest among the three and comes with a wide range of attractive features, including small body, APS-C sensor with the best high ISO performance among the three (not by a large margin though), better AF system, EVF, fastest burst, Wi-Fi + NFC and best battery life among the three cameras (oh, and you can charge it using a USB cable). Yes, there is no touchscreen, no electronic level gauge and some people might find its small size inconvenient when shooting with long lenses. That being said, it’s hard to beat an offer like the Alpha 6000, and it seems that many people and reviewers agree on that.

So why purchase the GX over the a6000? — the GX7 is more expensive, but does offer better build quality, built-in image stabilization (although was criticized for its effectiveness, only 2 stops advantage), has a touchscreen with higher resolution, offers 1/8000 sec max. shutter speed, highest-resolution tiltable EVF, but doesn’t employ a hybrid AF, has less AF points of all three (AF speed is very speedy for static objects), has the highest-resolution tiltable EVF and slowest burst among three. For some people, those unique features might be worth it, but I personally don’t find the built-in IS to be important if it only offer 2-stop compensation, the tiltable EVF is nice but I can live without it, I won’t be using 1/8000 sec shutter speed — but that’s just me. I personally found the a6000 to be more attractive overall, although I might envy the Micro Four Thirds lens selection.

The OM-D E-M10 has the least impressive high ISO performance in my observation when comparing lab-test sample images, but did a great job up to ISO 1600. That being said, it does employ a built-in IS, a touchscreen, EVF, good burst speed and 24p video recording, but overall I find it less impressive than the a6000. If the Hybrid AF, 1080p24/60p movies, better low-light performance, smaller camera body, large viewfinder, very good battery life, better subject tracking performance, easy wireless connectivity — if all that matters to you, I recommend getting the Sony a6000.

There isn’t a big false in either cameras. It depends whether the GX7 or the E-M10 convinced you with their unique features. Some people opt for any Micro Four Thirds than Sony’s offering due to the better lens selection, and for some of you this might be a good reason to get either the GX7 or the E-M10. Remember, you are buying into a camera system. Some will prefer the a6000 because they have the option to upgrade to a Sony full frame in the future, others will prefer growing into the Micro Four Thirds family for its lens availability or the ability to buy a camera from a different manufacturer and still use your current MFT lenses.

If you want my opinion, I personally prefer the Sony Alpha a6000, as I found the price to be just right, loved the high ISO performance, favor the Hybrid AF system, love the small profile and don’t mind leaving with its disadvantages. You might have a completely different opinion. I just shared mine to share with you how I made my choice.

If you have any questions and still having trouble deciding which camera to buy, drop me your question in the comment section below and share your thoughts.

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  • http://@spicopate Spicopate

    You forgot one thing : the lenses. There are more lenses for Olympus and Panasonic than for Sony. That’s what made me choose.

  • Fabian

    After reading yours and others reviews and comparisons,i resume my opinion: 1est) Sony a 600–2nd. Olympus EM 10- third,panasonic GX 7.

  • Olivia @ mademoiselleinsydney


    I’m looking for a compact camera that would do well for food photography in a low light setting. Which one would you recommend? Thanks!

  • Andres

    I own both the gx7 and e-m10. I used to own an nex6 and have plenty of experience with the a6000. You have written one of the best comparisons that I have seen, but I do differ with your conclusion. The a6000 still has issues with its convoluted menu system (better than nex, but still a work in progress). The gx7 focuses substantially faster than the a6000 ingood light and utterly shames it in low light. The e-m10 does not fare that much better against the gx7 either. Interestingly, the af-c in the gx7 works perfectly fine for most of the things that people praise the a6000 for. The gx7 will track objects moving toward and away with little difficulty. The e-m10 is dismal in its af-c performance. It does okay once it locks focus, but takes too long to initially lock on the subject to be of any use. The real shame with the gx7 is its viewfinder. It is wonderfully vivid, but it’s magnification in 4/3 mode makes it seem like you are looking through a tunnel. It’s a real shame. The last intangible of the gx7 is that, although incredibly customizable and feature rich, it is a difficult camera to fall in love with. I freely admit that the gx7 is superior to the e-m10 in enough ways to make it the better camera, but I find myself enjoying the shooting experience far more with the e-m10…and for me there lies the frustration.

    If Sony built the a6000 with the same quality materials as the gx7, gave it a 1/8000 shutter speed and 1/320 sync speed, ibis, and most importantly, optically excellent prime lenses at an affordable price, Sony would win this race. Currently, the 35mm and the 50mm are the only affordable fast prime lenses in the lineup…and that’s the reason I’m sticking to micro 4/3.

  • Penny Slater

    Wow, this is a very extensive and interesting comparison of three great little cameras. Personally I choose a shstem not only for the camera body but more importantly for the lens selection. And that’s the downfall of any Sony camera. Also, the advantage of the slightly larger APSC sensor is negligible. Lenses for this system will always be larger and heavier than lenses for the MFT system. What use is a compact camera if the lenses are relatively large. Sorry, no Sony (or Fuji) for me. This leaves me with the Olympus E-M10 and the Panasonic GX7. Now this is personal preference, but I chose the E-M10. Why? I love the software, the look and feel of the body, the controls, the viewfinder and the amazing in body stabilization. Both the viewfinder and the stabilization are better than the GX7. Then there’s the price of course. The E-M10 simply is a steal. You get a lot of features in a great little camera. I do have to say that I use the E-M10 with the optional ECG-1 grip. Now this clever little grip really makes a huge difference in handling! Highly recommended, try it out.