• 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-P5 advantages over Panasonic GX7

  • Higher effective ISO
    895 vs 718 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 54 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    18 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $648 vs $1249
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    28.0 mm vs 34.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • More kit lens zoom
    3.0x vs 1.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Handsome retro styling; Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance; Lightning fast autofocusing; Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res); Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second; Sharp, bright 17mm f/1.8 kit lens; 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots of resolution.

  • Heavier than some mirrorless models; Weak flash; Below average battery life; No built-in viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase); A bit pricey compared to the similar E-M5, which offers a built-in EVF and weather sealing at about the same price.

  • 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-M5

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-M5
  • $795
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Less shutter lag
  • $505
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $505
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic G6

Olympus E-P5
Panasonic G6
  • $795
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $504
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $504
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-M10
  • $795
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Faster shutter
  • $596
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $596
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL7
  • $795
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster shutter
  • $487
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-PL7
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $487
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $795
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • $1094
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $515
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1094
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
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