Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7

Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The PEN E-PL5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 600 ms vs 1400 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 889 ISO vs 703 ISO
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The PEN E-PL5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 4.2 fps
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More than 90% faster continuous shooting
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 221 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Slightly smaller 111x64x38 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $429.99 vs $484.05
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL5:$484.05
              DMC-GX1:$429.99
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL5:35
              DMC-GX1:23
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $680 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 - $809 body only

              $889 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $775 body only

              $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

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              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $782 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $684 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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