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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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1100 ms startup delay
 
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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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Lowest price Cheaper $527.59 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (more than 30% 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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 60.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
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
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Size Smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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More than 20% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              G1X:Tunnel
              E-M5:Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              G1X:492 g
              E-M5:425 g

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,298 - $1,299

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              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 G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547 - $699

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $601

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 - $699 body only

              $749 - $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 - $1,299 body only

              $1,770 - $2,155 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

              $1,289 - $1,299 body only

              $1,698 - $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $1,149 - $1,199 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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