• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Olympus E-P1 advantages over Panasonic GF5

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF5 advantages over Olympus E-P1

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    618 vs 536 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    11.6 vs 10.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 1.19 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.0 fps vs 3.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden.

  • LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF1

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF1
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Panasonic GF2

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF2
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF2
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GF3

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF3
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF3
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-PM1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM1
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF3X
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF3X
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $750
  • 4/3
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