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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
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
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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 221 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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
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 $429.00 vs $499.70
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The best price we've seen is $71 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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL5:35
              DMC-GX1:23
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $560 with 14-42mm lens

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $610 - $1,215 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

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $298 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $359 - $399 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 Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 - $674 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

              $999 - $1,449 body only

              $1,449 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $578 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $338 - $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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