• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus E-PL5 advantages over Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

  • Less expensive
    $329 vs $875*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 55 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) advantages over Olympus E-PL5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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

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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

  • Excellent image quality with good color and dynamic range; Great high ISO performance for its class; Extremely speedy performer, with fast and accurate autofocus on stationary subjects; Lightweight, compact and ergonomic design; Touchscreen LCD that tilts all the way forward for taking self portraits; Tons of advanced functions and customizable options.

  • Confusing and frustrating menu system takes hours to master; AF isn't optimal for taking fast-motion action shots; LCD viewfinding suffers under direct sunlight; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Olympus E-PL5
Olympus E-PM2
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $448
  • 4/3
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Olympus E-PM2
  • $888
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-PL5
Panasonic GF6
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic GF6
  • $888
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-P5

Olympus E-PL5
Olympus E-P5
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Olympus E-P5
  • $888
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Olympus E-PL5
Panasonic LX100
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100
  • $888
  • 4/3
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Panasonic LX100 II

Olympus E-PL5
Panasonic LX100 II
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100 II
  • $888
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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