• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GH3 advantages over Olympus E-M5 II

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Olympus E-M5 II advantages over Panasonic GH3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $749 vs $899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    908 vs 812 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 82 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 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.67x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.4 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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 an external screen 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Professional quality video in a compact body; Still image quality ranks with the best mirrorless models and even some prosumer DSLRs; Fast autofocus; Rugged, weatherized camera build; Reasonably priced for its advanced feature set; Large selection of high quality lenses.

  • Not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Live View not available during high speed bursts; High ISO image quality and dynamic range not quite as good as top APS-C cameras.

  • Excellent handling in a compact, weather-sealed body; Crisp, roomy electronic viewfinder; Image quality that can take the fight to APS-C DSLRs; Unique high-res mode lets it bat far above its weight for static scenes; Extremely fast 10 fps burst shooting, Excellent video feature set

  • Control dials are easily bumped; Below-average battery life at default settings; Buffer depths for raw shooters are a bit limited; 16-megapixel sensor resolution feels dated; Weak bundled flash strobe

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic G6
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic G6
  • $749
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GX7
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX7
  • $749
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GH3
Olympus E-M1
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M1
  • $749
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GH4
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GH4
  • $749
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Panasonic GH3
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $749
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
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