• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 25.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 III advantages over Panasonic GH6

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    49 mm vs 99 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    414g vs 823g
    Lighter weight

Panasonic GH6 advantages over Olympus E-M5 III

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1840k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    25.2 vs 20.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
    75.0 fps vs 30.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Improved image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance for a modern MFT sensor; Very fast AF; Excellent image stabilization; 4K video recording; Weather-sealed build quality.

  • Below average battery life; Small size can be awkward with long, heavy lenses; One SD card slot.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Olympus E-M5 III
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $924
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer video battery life
Panasonic GH6
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $2200
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Olympus E-M1X

Olympus E-M5 III
Olympus E-M1X
  • $924
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $2240
  • 4/3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer video battery life
Panasonic GH6
Olympus E-M1X
  • $2200
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Newer
  • $2240
  • 4/3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Panasonic G95

Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic G95
  • $924
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GH6
Panasonic G95
  • $2200
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • High resolution composite
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic G100

Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic G100
  • $924
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $631
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GH6
Panasonic G100
  • $2200
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $631
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-M10 IV

Olympus E-M5 III
Olympus E-M10 IV
  • $924
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $666
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer video battery life
Panasonic GH6
Olympus E-M10 IV
  • $2200
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $666
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • Internal flash
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