Sony a6000 vs GX7 – Detailed Comparison

Our review today compares the Sony a6000 vs GX7.

Both of these cameras are semi-pro mirrorless cameras. This simply means that they will have a lot of features in common, however, these two cameras also differ in a lot of ways and knock each other out on different levels.


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Now, this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison article is going to be a pretty long read. So, if you are in a hurry to make a decision, then you can head straight to our comparison overview and comparison table section.

These two sections contain a quick rundown of all the features that can be found on the two cameras in comparison.

However, we recommend that if you can, you go through every bit of detail in this comparison article as it is important that you get proper understanding of whatever you’ll be spending your money on.

We have another comparison of the Sony a6000 with an Olympus camera. Interested? You can click here to read our comparison review of the Sony a6000 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Comparison Overview — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Where Both Cameras Get It Right — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Firstly, these two cameras come with Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC compatibility, and smartphone remote control compatibility.

They also both have high-resolution LCD screens that tilt slightly upwards and downwards.

Moving on, these cameras both have electronic viewfinders.

They also both have a built-in flash and an external flash shoe that allows you mount an external flash on the body of the camera for light enhancement and flash photography.

What’s more? They also have a high max ISO value, full HD video resolution, and the Auto Exposure bracketing features.

Other great features these cameras share include the RAW format support and Face Detection Focus.

Where The Sony a6000 Does It Better — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Firstly, the sensor resolution of the Sony a6000 is much sharper than that of the GX7.

Also, this camera has more focus points, color depth, and dynamic range than the GX7.

Finally, the Sony a6000 shoots more frames in continuous shooting mode and lasts more shots per single charge than the GX7.

Where The GX7 Does It Better — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

This camera has a built-in image stabilization feature as well as touch-sensitive LCD screen. The LCD screen of this camera also has a higher screen resolution than the Sony a6000.

Also, the max shutter speed of the GX7 is higher with an in-built timelapse recording option, whereas the Sony a6000 requires an optional app to perform.

The viewfinder of the GX7 performs better than that of the Sony a6000 with a tilting ability and a higher resolution.

Finally, the built-in flash of this camera performs a slightly better job with its higher coverage range.

Where Both Cameras Get It Wrong — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Both lack environmental sealing and have poor battery lives.

Our Opinion Of The Price/Value Ratio — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

It is important that we first mention, that these two cameras are both very budget-friendly. They both sell for under 500 bucks, after all, the GX7 costing slightly higher.

Considering the features that these cameras have in common, we see that these cameras share a lot. However, when we then see the features where the GX7 does better, we see that it completely wipes out the Sony a6000 in a lot of ways.

Based on this, we believe that the slight price difference between these cameras is very well justified.

Thus in our opinion, the GX7 gives better value for money.


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Comparison Table — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

 

Sony a6000

GX7

Max Sensor Resolution 24 megapixels 16 megapixels
Number Of Focus Points 179 23
Continuous Shooting 11 frames per second 5 frames per second
Battery Life 360 shots 350 shots
Weight 344 grams 402 grams
ISO Range 100 to 25600 can be expanded to 51200 125 to 25600
Color Depth 24.1 22.6
Dynamic Range 13.1 12.2
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µm2 14.21 µm2
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV ±3 EV
Built-in Image Stabilization None Sensor-shift
Touch Screen No Yes
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots 1.040k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/16000s
Timelapse Recording With Optional app Yes
Flash Coverage 7 meters 6 meters
Tilting Viewfinder No Yes
Viewfinder Resolution 1440k dot 2764.8k dot
Support for UHS Memory Cards None UHS-I
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What Situation Is Each Camera Best For — Sony a6000 Vs GX7 ?

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The Sony a6000 isn’t exactly a specialist camera.  

However, this camera will serve you on almost any line of work you put it into.  

Features like its small size and lightweight, coupled with its large APS-C sensor, and high max sensor resolution all qualify this camera to serve with a performance that is above average for whatever use it is put to.
The GX7 is also a multipurpose designed camera.

Also, this camera would be a fantastic choice for shooting street photography. The image stabilization feature this camera has is the major feature that major qualifies it for this purpose.

Still, this camera will provide an outstanding performance no matter the situation thrown at it.
The only thing to note about the Sony a6000 is that it doesn’t have image stabilization built-in, so you might think twice about using it to shoot without a tripod stand. Now, if you’ll be doing landscape photography this camera might not be the best choice to make.

Looking at its sensor resolution being just an average value, and then, it lacks an environmental sealing.
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Common Features — Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Wireless Connectivity

Both of the cameras in this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison article are designed with a built-in Wi-Fi feature. This feature eliminates the inconvenience that comes with sharing and transferring files with the use of cables over the internet.

NFC Connectivity

This feature is a wireless feature that creates a connection between the camera and NFC compatible smartphones. NFC stands for Near Field Communication.

For the NFC connection to be made between the camera and smartphone, the two devices have to come in contact with each other. Once this connection is made, different functions can then be performed between the phone and the camera – including file transfer.

Articulating Screen

These two cameras both have an articulating which tilts slightly upwards and downwards, called tilting or Tiltable articulated screens.


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High ISO Range

The ISO of a camera is basically what determines how sensitive the sensor of the camera is to light. This feature is very useful for shooting low light scenes, let’s see how.

However, it is important to note that very high ISO values tend to produce images with a lot of grain and noise. So, experts usually advice that you keep the ISO value at a very moderate values.

As for the two cameras in this review, the Sony a6000 has ISO values that range from 100 to 25600. While the ISO values of the GX7 range from 125 to 25600.

Now, there is something unique about the ISO of the Sony a6000. The max ISO value of this camera can be expanded to 51200. This expanded value is reached when the camera sensor digitally expands or overextends the native ISO of the camera (25600 in the case of the Sony a6000).

Flash

The flash feature on a camera is another factor that influences the exposure of the image. This feature serves as a light enhancement tool for scenes that are poorly lit.

For our featured cameras, they have two flash features that are of individual importance – the built-in flash and external flash shoe.

Viewfinder

The viewfinder is a component of the camera body that allows the photographer look through it to get a preview of the image on the scene to properly frame the image.

The Sony a6000 and GX7 are both mirrorless cameras, therefore, they have electronic viewfinders.

The viewfinder of the GX7 also tilts, this feature would be very helpful for shooting in certain positions and using the viewfinder – like the articulating screen.

RAW Support

This feature is one that offers you great image quality.

RAW is an uncompressed and unedited version of the image shot by the camera. Due to the details and information that the RAW format saves, images shot in RAW are usually very large in size.

Now, if you can’t make the storage space sacrifice that the RAW format requires, then the next option would be to shoot in the JPEG. The JPEG format is an edited and compressed format of the image shot by the camera.

It is important to note that the RAW format will be most appreciated on cameras with very high sensor resolutions. Hence the reason GX7 might fall short a bit in picture quality.


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Face Detection Focus

The face detection focus detects the faces using the noticeable features of the human face like the eyes, nose, and so on. After detecting the face, the camera locks down on the face to keep it in focus, and also apply the proper exposure.

With this feature, once the face has been locked on, whenever there is a change in position by the subject the camera adjusts the focus to the new position.

AE Bracketing

Have you ever shot under lighting conditions that made selecting exposure settings an issue? Well, it is for situations like this that the AE bracketing feature becomes a necessity.

AE bracketing stands for Auto Exposure bracketing. When this feature is selected on the camera, the camera allows you to take multiple shots (usually three) at different exposure values. The interesting thing about this feature is that you don’t have to manually change this exposure values.

Using its exposure metering, the camera selects different values that could be best for the scene. By the time these shots are taken, at least one will be perfectly exposed.

Both of the cameras in this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison have this feature.

Smartphone Remote Control

Both the Sony a6000 and GX7 are compatible with this remote control method.

What really impresses a lot of photographers about this remote control method is the preview it provides. In remote shooting being able to see the scene being shot is a big deal for every photographer which is why the preview mode these cameras bring with their smartphone remote control is huge.

The smartphone remote control gives you a preview of the scene being shot, and also allows you access menu files, adjust a few settings, and also trigger the shutter.

Video Mode

These two cameras in this comparison have a very impressive video resolution of 1080p – full HD display. However, it is important to note that this resolution isn’t a commercial or cinematic display resolution.

The video resolution of a camera is the number of horizontal lines a video has stacked one on top the other from top to bottom. It is measured in pixels and it determines the display size of the images shot by the camera.

Apart from the resolution quality these cameras offer, we might not suggest these cameras for video shooting purposes. This is because there are two features they both lack that are usually essential for shooting video – microphone and headphone ports.

These two features influence the audio that the camera records with the videos shot. Without these two features – especially the microphone port – quality audio isn’t assured with the videos shot by the cameras.

For other features that affect how well the cameras perform for shooting video like focus and ISO, these two cameras do a very good job in both areas.

To help you see first-hand how these cameras function on the field, we have placed below, videos that show the video shooting performance of both cameras.

Continuous Shooting

If you shoot sports or any art form that involves subjects that are constantly and rapidly on the move, then this feature is of very great importance to you. Basically, this feature makes sure you never miss a shot.

The Sony a6000 shoots just 11 frames per second, which is impressive especially for a Sony camera.

As for the GX7, it shoots just 5 frames per second. This performance isn’t exactly a bad one, however, it might not be of much use in the field of serious action.


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Unique Features – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Features Unique To The Sony a6000 – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

24 Megapixels Sensor Resolution

The Sensor resolution of a camera is the number of megapixels that make up an image shot by the camera. One megapixel is equivalent to about a million pixels. A pixel is an individual element of an image.

Now, the sensor resolution of a camera determines the amount of detail that can be found on the image. This affects a lot of functions, one of which is the print size of the images shot by the camera.

More megapixels mean that the image can be stretched out more. However, once the print size exceeds the number of pixels on the image, the image would lose its quality.

The detail that high-resolution images offer is also very important for cropping and downsampling purposes.

The Sony a6000 has a quite impressive sensor resolution of 24 megapixels. There are cameras with much higher resolutions, nonetheless, this resolution will serve very well for your work – whatever it is you do.

UHS Memory Card Support

The UHS support is specific to the SD cards used on the camera. This feature is what enables the SD card to make high-speed file transfers.

Not all SDHC or SDXC memory cards have this feature, neither does every camera support memory cards that are UHS compatible.

So, for ultra-high-speed file transfer performance, the Sony a6000 would be the better choice of the two cameras. This is because the GX7 does not support cards with the UHS feature.


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Sony a6000 Vs GX7 – Features Unique To The GX7

Image Stabilization

The GX7 has an in-built image stabilization system called the sensor-shift image stabilization form.

The sensor shift image stabilization features makes use of electrical actuators to move the camera sensor around the plane of the image. So, once there is a shake detected by the actuators, they automatically calculate the speed and direction of motion, after which they move the sensor to counter the motion.

It is important that you know that there is a limit to the level of shake the image stabilization can handle and counter.

Touch Screen LCD

This feature is one that makes navigating through options on the camera much easier. Touch sensitivity is one screen feature that isn’t new to anyone who is into tech and gadgets generally.

The LCD screen of the GX7 is touch-sensitive, therefore, by pinching, swiping, and touching you perform various functions on the camera without stress.

1/16000s Max Shutter Speed

The shutter speed of a camera is the amount of time the camera uses to take a shot. This feature is mainly useful for shooting moving objects. It also determines to a large extent the exposure of an image.

Now, if you intend shoot a moving subject and want it to have a motion blur, then, you’ll have to shoot with a slow shutter speed. If you have to stop a moving object in the shot and want time to freeze, then a very fast shutter speed is required.

Looking at the shutter speed of the two cameras in this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison, we see a very wide gap between the max shutter speed of the Sony a6000 and the GX7. They have a max shutter speed of 1/4000s and 1/16000s respectively.

If you need a camera that will freeze anything no matter how fast, then, the GX7 would be the better choice to make.

Apart from having the faster shutter speed of the two cameras in comparison, the GX7 has a very impressive max shutter speed value – probably one of the best you can find in the semi-pro level market.

Timelapse Recording

Timelapse recording is a shooting technique that makes time and activities appear 5-10 times faster than it is in reality.

In timelpase recording mode, the camera records the frames at a rate that is more spread out than the rate at which it will be displayed. So, when the video is then displayed time appears to be lapsing and things happening faster than normal.

This feature is built-in for some cameras, while for some cameras, they would require that you add an application in order to shoot in timelapse.

The GX7 has the timelapse recording mode as a part of its built-in options, while the Sony a6000 requires that you install an external app to shoot in timelapse.


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Unique Pros – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Pros Of The Sony a6000 – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

  • Firstly, the Sony a6000 has a higher max sensor resolution than the GX7, offering you sharper images and larger potential print sizes.
  • Also has more focus points than the GX7.
  • In continuous shooting mode, this camera takes more frames per second. This makes a better choice for shooting very fast action.
  • Although both of the cameras in this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison have very poor battery life, the Sony a6000 lasts more shots per single charge.
  • The color depth of this camera is also slightly higher, this means that the camera will record more color detail from the scene.
  • Also, the Sony a6000 has a higher dynamic range than the GX7. This is the maximum black and maximum white the camera can record.
  • Finally, this camera supports SD cards that are UHS compatible.

Pros Of The GX7 – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

  • First off, this camera has a built-in sensor-shift image stabilization feature.
  • Also, the LCD screen of the GX7 is touch-sensitive, so, navigation across the camera options is made easier.
  • Has a higher LCD screen resolution of the two cameras in this Sony a6000 vs GX7 comparison.
  • Faster max shutter speed.
  • This camera also has a built-in time-lapse recording feature.
  • The built-in flash of the GX7 covers a longer range than that of the Sony a6000.
  • EVF of this camera has a higher resolution and has tilting abilities.

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Unique Cons – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Cons Of The Sony a6000 – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

  • The only major shortcoming of this camera is its lack of image stabilization.

Cons Of The GX7 – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

  • As for the GX7, it doesn’t support cards with UHS features. Therefore, with this camera, you are unable to read and write in ultra-high-speed.

Common Pros – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

 

Sony a6000

GX7

Wi-Fi Connectivity With this feature, your camera can connect to the internet and share files. Same as the Sony a6000.
Articulating Screen This feature makes it easier to shoot in different positions and still get a preview of the scene for proper framing. Same as the Sony a6000.
Built-in Flash This feature provides light enhancement to dark or poorly lit scenes. It is designed as part of the camera body. Same as the Sony a6000.
External Flash Shoe This is a feature that allows you use an external flash with the camera. The external flash is a more powerful light enhancement that is also essential for doing flash photography. Same as the Sony a6000.
Viewfinder This tool gives the photographer composure when framing images. The Sony a6000 has an electronic viewfinder. Same as the Sony a6000.
RAW Support This is a file format that saves the best quality the camera can offer. Same as the Sony a6000.
Face Detection Focus This feature makes sure that any face in the scene being shot remains in focus. Same as the Sony a6000.
High LCD Screen Resolution The display on the LCD screen of this camera has a very high quality. Same as the Sony a6000.
AE Bracketing This feature is helpful for selecting exposure settings in tough lighting conditions. Same as the Sony a6000.
NFC Connection This feature allows the camera connect to an NFC compatible smartphone for file sharing purposes. Same as the Sony a6000.
Smartphone Remote Control This feature allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control tool on the camera. Same as the Sony a6000.
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Common Cons – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

 

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No Environmental Sealing This feature is designed to protect the camera from the entrance of weather elements that could damage the camera. The Sony a6000 does not have this feature. Same as the Sony a6000.
Low Battery Life This camera has a very low battery life, so it might be necessary to get multiple batteries for this camera. Same as the Sony a6000.

What Users Think About Both Cameras – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Sony a6000

GX7

Generally, users are very impressed with the image quality that these two cameras offer.  

Another feature that really gets the attention of a lot of users is the autofocus system of this camera (which isn’t surprising).
 
Also, users are impressed with the price of this camera compared to its performance.
With the GX7, users are pretty happy with the image quality that the camera offers.  

Also, the focusing and silent shooting features of this camera are some features that many users are very impressed with.
The major issue users have with this camera is its battery life not being very impressive.  

Also, when it comes to shooting video, users do not recommend this camera.
Users generally don’t enjoy using this camera in manual mode as it could get a bit “clunky”.  

Finally, the viewfinder of this camera isn’t very accurate with colors and exposure according to a number of users.
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Our Take – Sony a6000 Vs GX7

Sony a6000

GX7

The Sony a6000 is one camera that you cannot just ignore. This camera was designed to get your attention.  

It is a very lightweight and small size camera, yet it packs so many impressive features into that small body if its.
The GX7 is also a very impressive camera. It has so many features that make it a camera worth the buy.  

Some of the features it possesses are features that you might not find in some “pro-level” cameras in the market.
Of course, there are a few features that this camera lacks, and some it has that it could have done better at.  

However, overall, this camera is a very good camera and that is an undeniable fact.
Although having such great features, this camera also lacks some other features too, and this could affect to an extent the work you’ll be doing with the camera.  

Still, you wouldn’t want to judge such a fantastic piece of hardware based on features it lacks and ignore the ones it possesses already.
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