• 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-M10 II

  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Olympus E-M10 II advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 6.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    28 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

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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.

  • 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 Panasonic G3

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G3
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic G3
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic G6
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic GX7
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic G5
Olympus E-M10
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $419
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus E-M10
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $419
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX85
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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