• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic G5 advantages over Olympus E-M1

  • Less expensive
    $457 vs $1179*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoots 60p video
    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

Olympus E-M1 advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.3 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 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 JPEG buffer
    50 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 6.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst 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

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
  • 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

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Panasonic G5
Olympus E-M5
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $542
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1260
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $542
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-G2

Panasonic G5
Panasonic DMC-G2
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic DMC-G2
  • $1260
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic G3

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G3
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Less shutter lag
  • More dots on screen
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G3
  • $1260
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G6
  • $1260
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GX7
  • $1260
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • External Mic Jack
  • $543
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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