• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 advantages over Panasonic GX7

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $648
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Higher effective ISO
    826 vs 718 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 5.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    16 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • More kit lens zoom
    4.2x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Olympus E-M5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.58x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.28 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Attractive body design; Well-built, weather-sealed body; Excellent image quality; Excellent image stabilization; Very fast autofocus.

  • Exposure compensation dial changes easily; Small buttons; No in-camera chromatic aberration correction; Bundled flash is weak; Video compression artifacts with rapidly-moving subjects.

  • Sharp retro design and solid build; High resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Very good video quality, recording Full HD at frame rates up to 60p; Fast autofocusing and all-around performance; Robust Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, including remote shooting when paired with a smart device

  • Weak built-in flash; No external mic or headphone jack for video recording; Some poor results when shooting in Creative Panorama mode

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-M1
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1262
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M1
  • $503
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1262
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • External Mic Jack

Compared to Panasonic G3

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G3
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More viewfinder magnification
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G3
  • $503
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • 4/3

Compared to Panasonic G5

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G5
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More viewfinder magnification
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G5
  • $503
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic G6

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G6
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $503
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-M10
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $503
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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