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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL5

74

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1400 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly 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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
221 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
111x64x38 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$406.52 vs $495.00
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The best price we've seen is $88 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times 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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              LIVEMOS
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL5:35
              DMC-GX1:23
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $497 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 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 PEN E-PL5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $880 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              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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