Dpreview has dubbed the new Panasonic GX8 "The Big Beast."
Leica M6: 138 x 77 x 38mm, 685g
Fujifilm X-T1: 129 x 90 x 47mm, 440g (with battery and card) (Note that the greater depth of the digital bodies is largely due to the built-in handgrips, and to a lesser extent the more protrusive eyepieces.)
Panasonic GX8: 133 x 78 x 63mm, 487g (with battery and card)
Hmm. Okay, there is this:
Panasonic GX7: 123 x 71 x 55mm, 402g (with battery and card)
It does seem like the GX8 is going for a more beefy, Leicalike gestalt, the better to fill a manly hand, but I'm not sure it really qualifies for its new nickname. Or if it does, it's a sign times have changed.
Dpreview hath spoken, however, so "The Big Beast" it is!
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Ken James: "The race for 'small' has gotten out of hand. I totally welcome a reasonable size camera. In my limited experience, E-P5 and OM-D E-M10, the Micro 4/3 cameras have been too 'finicky,' too small to work with any ease. So more bulk is totally welcome. The lenses will still be smaller."
Arg: "The very same review site once described the Canon 5D as 'relatively compact.' So I reckon times have changed."
John Camp (partial comment): "Before we get too over-wrought about the gargantuan size of this beast, let me translate millimeters to inches for what I presume is mostly an American audience. In the biggest dimensional jump, the length, the GX8 is about four-tenths of an inch longer than a GX7; it's just slightly more than a quarter of an inch taller (~.28) and not quite a third of an inch thicker (~.32.) Quite frankly, I doubt that I would much notice the difference.
"In return for the extra size, you get a fully-articulated rear LCD (as opposed to one that only tilts on the GX7); a 20.3 MB sensor with (according to Panasonic) better dynamic range, as opposed to the GX7's 16 MB; improved resolution in the tilt-up eyepiece viewfinder, and a better hand grip.
"I have two GX7's and they are the favorite digital cameras of my life so far, but I'm thinking about trying this one. The price is a little steep, though."