• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic G7 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Less expensive
    $448 vs $1499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    240 vs 51 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Panasonic G7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.0 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 8.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    51 vs 16 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact and lightweight for a fully-featured interchangeable-lens camera; Really fast autofocus; Good all-around performance too; Generous buffer depth; Versatile tilt/swivel LCD and high-res viewfinder; Touch-screen controls; Very affordable pricetag

  • Out of the box, colors are muted by consumer standards; Warm white balance under incandescent light; Handgrip is a little shallow for those with larger hands; Wi-Fi is overly complex and has limited range

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Panasonic G7
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $465
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G6
  • $465
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • NFC
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G6
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GH4
  • $465
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH4
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Panasonic G7
Panasonic GX8
  • $465
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic G7
Panasonic G85
  • $465
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G85
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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