Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 60.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 124x90x76 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 5 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Cheaper $740.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 425 g vs 444 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              E-M5:425 g
              DMC-GH2:444 g
              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
              Size Large Help
              E-M5:122x89x43 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-M5:610k dots
              DMC-GH2:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,247 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $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 Slightly 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

              $1,359 - $1,399 body only

              $1,960 - $2,270 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 NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $644 body only

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen

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