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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Winner
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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

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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Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 194 ms vs 221 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $308.95 vs $484.05
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (around 40% 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL5:$484.05
              DMC-G5:$308.95
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

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

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 - $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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

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              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $782 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $644 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $450 - $622 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

              $1,098 - $1,247 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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