• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200

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Differences

Olympus E-M10 II advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $2298*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Olympus E-M10 II

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.7 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    600 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.5 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    120 vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent value for the money; Professional-grade ergonomics; Incredibly good image quality for its class; Solid performance specs across the board; Loaded with features.

  • Kit lens may not be quite as sharp as previous kit lens from this line; Below average battery life; Somewhat confusing menu systems.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus E-M10
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • 4/3
Panasonic GH5S
Olympus E-M10
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $849
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
Panasonic GH5S
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $849
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GX85
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic G85

Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic G85
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G85
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic G9

Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic G9
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G9
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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