• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Longer video battery life
    90 vs 55 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    68 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner

Panasonic G9 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.83x vs 0.74x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic G9
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH4
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH4
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GX8
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon EOS M5

Olympus E-M1 II
Canon EOS M5
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic G9
Canon EOS M5
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic G85

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G85
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic G9
Panasonic G85
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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