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

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Differences

Panasonic GX850 advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Less expensive
    $548 vs $699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    336g vs 473g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.5 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over Panasonic GX850

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer video battery life
    80 vs 20 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 210 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    8 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 114 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Impressive image quality; Sleek design; 4K video recording; Good overall performance; Tilting touchscreen; Enjoyable user experience.

  • No EVF; No hot shoe, Short 4K clip limit; MicroSD card slot, Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Panasonic GX850
Panasonic GM5
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GM5
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Panasonic GX850
Panasonic GF7
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GF7
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic GX850
Panasonic GX85
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Panasonic GX850
Olympus E-PL8
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to YI M1

Panasonic GX850
YI M1
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Olympus E-PL9
YI M1
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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