Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

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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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
72.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
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
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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
              Fewer 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
              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
              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

              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 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 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              $499 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

              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

              $449 body only

              $549 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $647 - $799 body only

              $1,249 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 PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 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

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