• 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 GM1 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Less expensive
    $479 vs $1599*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 68 mm
    Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Panasonic GM1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,312 vs 660 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    51 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 10.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    51 vs 7 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Large Four Thirds sensor is impressive for a camera this small; Shares sensor and processor of GX7; Excellent image quality with class-leading high ISO performance; Responsive all-around performer; AF system is fast and accurate; Easy to use and responsive touchscreen; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Lightweight and pocketable design makes it easy to carry everywhere.

  • Can be awkward to use with larger lenses; Rear dial is easy to accidentally press; Lacks a hot-shoe for EVF or external flash; Weak built-in flash; 1/50s flash sync; No 1080p60 video; No external headphone jack or mic input.

  • 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 GM1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Panasonic GM1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-PM2
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Panasonic GM1
Panasonic GM5
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GM5
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Panasonic GM1
Panasonic GF7
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GF7
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Panasonic GM1
Panasonic GX8
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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