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

Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL5

75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.3 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 10.6 EV
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3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
72.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
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
  1. 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
Significantly 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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
221 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
8 fps vs 4.2 fps
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More than 90% faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
111×64×38 mm vs 116×68×39 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.95 vs $495.86
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The best price we've seen is $246 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL535
              DMC-GX123
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL515.9 MP
              DMC-GX116 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $447 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

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,340 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-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              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

              Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 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

              $399 - $499 body only

              $499 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $666 - $699 body only

              $1,049 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 - $499 body only

              $526 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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