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

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Differences

Olympus E-P1 advantages over Panasonic GM5

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/180 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots

Panasonic GM5 advantages over Olympus E-P1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    721 vs 536 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    11.7 vs 10.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Newer
    3 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.22 vs 1.19 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.7 fps vs 3.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality for a tiny camera; Excellent high ISO for its class; Built-in EVF; Built-in hot-shoe; Improved ergonomics; Improved image quality for long exposures; Improved burst rate with hybrid shutter; 1080/60p video.

  • Slightly bigger than GM1 (but not by much); No built-in flash; Shallow buffers with RAW files; Dynamic range not quite as good as some competing models; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-GF1

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-PL1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Faster shutter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Panasonic GM5
Olympus E-PL1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic DMC-GF2

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GM1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GM1
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF7
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GM5
Panasonic GF7
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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