Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

80

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

67

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

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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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 889 ISO vs 618 ISO
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The PEN E-PL5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Much smaller 111x64x38 mm vs 120x83x71 mm
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2.6x smaller
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 Less startup delay 600 ms vs 1030 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 325 g vs 396 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 20 fps vs 8 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 194 ms vs 221 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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 $442.99 vs $499.70
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The best price we've seen is $57 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              PEN E-PL5:Sensor shift
              DMC-G5:Lens
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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-G5:23
              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

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              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

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $439 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $520 - $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
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 - $750 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $294 body only

              $330 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $1,098 body only

              $1,499 with 14-140mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,439 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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