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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)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    18 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Less expensive
    $589 vs $999
    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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • 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
  • Wider angle kit lens
    28 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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 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
  • 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

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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
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5
  • $618
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $364
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-PL5
  • $618
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $364
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-P5
Panasonic GF6
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $389
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic GF6
  • $618
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $389
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-M10
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $424
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $618
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $424
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $618
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer
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