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

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

79

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

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
Great battery life
Battery life
500 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
71.0 vs 61.0
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
122×89×43 mm vs 120×83×71 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Significantly 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 2 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
194 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
20 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.67x vs 0.44x
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Around 2.5x larger viewfinder
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. 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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1030 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              E-M5
              1. Sensor shift
              DMC-G5
              1. Lens
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M535
              DMC-G523
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              15.9 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $599 body only

              $540 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $705 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $536 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $750 - $999 body only

              $1,365 - $1,799 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

              $1,299 - $1,349 body only

              $1,549 - $1,899 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

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 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

              $397 body only

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $695 - $798 body only

              $1,239 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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