Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

I have the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 and am extremely happy with it, however, I do stand in line to get the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 when it comes in silver and without kit lens. The kit lens version is available right now so I got to do some hands on quick and dirty tests with it.

First, it is quite a bit bigger than the GX1, building a bit on height,  and more problematic, thickness quite a lot, mostly due to the protruding EVF.

The menus looks extremely complicated, and the buttons are quite a bit smaller than on the GX1, so it looks like handling will not be as nice and quick as on the GX1 (that almost has pro level handling, very quick, intuitive and nice to use).  However, the menus on the E-M5 also alow for an almost extreme amount of customisation, so perhaps its possible to set it up to be a decent handling camera.

I did some quick RAW ISO tests and it looks like its about 1 step better than the GX1 around iso 1600, iso 3200. That along with the IS will probably amount to 3-4 steps better noise with my prime lenses, and that is pretty wild and the reason why I want it!

The EVF is also quite nice to have, but do take up some space. And the flash is not integrated or possible to angle to the ceiling like on the GX1 (I think).

The screen is folding down, and that is a big plus. But it doesnt help when shooting portrait format.

So, the GX1 wins on handling and size, and the E-M5 on EVF, folding screen, and noise….better get both!…..;-)

Update, read more here: http://www.fotograf-stockholm.nu/olympus-om-d-e-m5-first-impressions-hands-on-vs-panasonic-lumix-gx1/

And here: http://www.fotograf-stockholm.nu/video-filming-movie-mode-with-panasonic-lumix-gx1-and-olympus-om-d-e-m5/

/Petter


Petter

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  4. Get both eh? Maybe that’s it! I am a career mediographer and in my attempt to simplify, i have gone with the Sony Nex5 and the big lens for the last couple years as my still cam and b-roll video cam. I have loved it except for having to keep reading glasses with me at all times. I have been lusting after the Nex7, but now i don’t know. All the fiddly menus. Ugh! I think I am over Sony again. I wanted some thing modern and small and the Sony’s are all that, but the GX-1, Fuji X10 and now the OM-D are making me yearn for something new. The lack of a focusing viewfinder and tilting screen is a killer for the Little cams and then the cost of the external viewfinder bumps up the cost a lot. The Om-D is so old school in the boring slr form factor, and yet so modern in it’s abilities….oh well, got to make a choice soon.

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