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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL5

74

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Really small
Size
Mid size 111x64x38 mm
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
20 fps vs 8 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              PEN E-PL5:Sensor shift
              DMC-G5:Lens
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times 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
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 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

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $497 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              $400 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

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $880 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $496 - $748 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

              $320 body only

              $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

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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