• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12800

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Advantages

Olympus E-M1 over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Fast startup
    0.80 vs 1.30 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    14 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic G5 over Olympus E-M1

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

  • Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

  • Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
Panasonic G5
Olympus E-M5
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • Higher-res screen
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
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