Canon PowerShot G1X vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
277 ms vs 697 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Overall image quality
Better image quality
71.0 vs 60.0
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Around 20% better image quality
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 250 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
122x89x43 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
826 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight
Lighter
425 g vs 492 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1XTunnel
              E-M5Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $775

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $449 body only

              $499 - $521 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $825 - $1,299 body only

              $1,430 - $2,099 with 12-40mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,149 - $1,299 body only

              $1,459 - $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,703 with 14-150mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $518 - $549 body only

              $739 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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