Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

78

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
71.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
826 ISO vs 667 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
277 ms vs 293 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 1.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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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
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 425 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$319.89 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $279 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M5:35
              DMC-G3:23
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-M5:610k dots
              DMC-G3:460k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-M5:15.9 MP
              DMC-G3:15.8 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $560 - $650 body only

              $693 - $750 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $545 body only

              $781 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $427 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 - $898 body only

              $1,550 - $1,899 with 12-35mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,068 - $1,200 body only

              $1,615 - $1,999 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $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

              $749 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $520 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 - $449 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $462 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies

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