Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5

Olympus E-30 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 front

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Key Specs

Olympus E-30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 695g - 142 x 108 x 75mm
  • Announced March 2009
Panasonic GM5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 211g - 99 x 60 x 36mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GM1
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Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Overview

Below, we are comparing the Olympus E-30 and Panasonic GM5, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a big difference among the resolutions of the E-30 (12MP) and GM5 (16MP) but they feature the exact same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The E-30 was launched 6 years before the GM5 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-30 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic GM5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a full comparison, below is a concise summary of how the E-30 matches up versus the GM5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-30 over the Panasonic GM5

 E-30 GM5 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GM5 over the Olympus E-30

 GM5 E-30 
IntroducedSeptember 2014March 2009More recent by 66 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-30 and Panasonic GM5

 E-30 GM5 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-30 provides outside dimensions of 142mm x 108mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") along with a weight of 695 grams (1.53 lbs) and the Panasonic GM5 has measurements of 99mm x 60mm x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 211 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the E-30 compared to the GM5.

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the E-30 and GM5 is 60 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to visualize the difference in sensor measurements just by viewing specs. The graphic here will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-30 and GM5.

All in all, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic GM5 to render more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older E-30 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-30
Portrait photography with Panasonic GM5
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-30 Street photography information
Panasonic GM5 Street photography information
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
lighter than competition (211g)
good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-30 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GM5 as a Sports photography camera
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low fps (5.0 fps)
low MP (12MP)
terrible battery pack (750 CIPA)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/500 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (5.8 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (220 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-30 Travel photography features
Panasonic GM5 Travel photography features
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (750 shots)
low MP (12MP)
lighter than competition (211 grams)
boasts focus via touch
good megapixels (16MP)
terrible battery life (220 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-30 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic GM5 Landscape photography highlights
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7")
low MP (12MP)
terrible battery pack (750 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-30 Vlogging details
Panasonic GM5 Vlogging details
no video recording
built-in touchscreen
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (211g)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of mic jack
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Olympus E-30 vs Panasonic GM5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-30 and Panasonic GM5
 Olympus E-30Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Class Advanced DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2009-03-24 2014-09-15
Body design Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4592 x 3448
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 23
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 45 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology HyperCrystal II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 98% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.46x
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/500s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 5.8fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.00 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 695 grams (1.53 lb) 211 grams (0.47 lb)
Dimensions 142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") 99 x 60 x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 66
DXO Color Depth rating 21.3 22.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 11.7
DXO Low light rating 530 721
Battery life 750 photographs 220 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLM-1 DMW-BLH7
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $1,299 $966