Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

85

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

69

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Much longer battery life 500 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 618 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 120x83x71 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 1.7" vs 2.8"
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Around 40% thinner
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 20 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 194 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.67x vs 0.44x
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Around 2.5x larger viewfinder
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1030 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $536.73 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $262 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 396 g vs 425 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              E-M5:Sensor shift
              DMC-G5:Lens
              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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              E-M5:425 g
              DMC-G5:396 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M5:35
              DMC-G5:23
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $721 body only

              $780 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $898 body only

              $1,329 with 20mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,790 - $2,100 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

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $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 body only

              $880 - $1,149 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-G5 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 - $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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