Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

49

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Great battery life
Battery life
500 shots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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 60.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly 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
Size
Significantly smaller
122×89×43 mm vs 124×90×76 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
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 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly 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
Slightly cheaper
$479.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $320 cheaper (more than 40% 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
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M535
              DMC-GH223
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-M5610k dots
              DMC-GH2460k dots
              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

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $860 with 45-150mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,177 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $1,599 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,249 - $1,498 body only

              $1,900 - $2,741 with 35-100mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Size Larger
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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