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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II

Portability
68
Imaging
61
Features
93
Overall
73
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II front
Portability
81
Imaging
59
Features
75
Overall
65

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Key Specs

Olympus E-M1 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 574g - 134 x 91 x 67mm
  • Released September 2016
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M1
  • Later Model is Olympus E-M1 III
Panasonic LX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 392g - 115 x 66 x 64mm
  • Revealed August 2018
  • Previous Model is Panasonic LX100
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Overview

The following is a extensive analysis of the Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-M1 II (20MP) and the LX100 II (17MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras provide the same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-M1 II was revealed 23 months before the LX100 II which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M1 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going right into a full comparison, here is a concise summary of how the E-M1 II matches up vs the LX100 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 II over the Panasonic LX100 II

 E-M1 II LX100 II 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 II over the Olympus E-M1 II

 LX100 II E-M1 II 
RevealedAugust 2018September 2016Newer by 23 months
Screen resolution1240k1037kSharper screen (+203k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 II and Panasonic LX100 II

 E-M1 II LX100 II 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera often, you should think about its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M1 II provides external dimensions of 134mm x 91mm x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") along with a weight of 574 grams (1.27 lbs) and the Panasonic LX100 II has sizing of 115mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") along with a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you use during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the E-M1 II versus the LX100 II.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the E-M1 II and LX100 II is 68 and 81 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by looking at a spec sheet. The picture underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M1 II and LX100 II.

Clearly, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can expect the Olympus E-M1 II to resolve more detail because of its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-M1 II is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Portrait photography features
Panasonic LX100 II Portrait photography features
76
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
75
you can focus manually
good resolution (17 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Street photography factors
Panasonic LX100 II Street photography factors
78
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
includes focus via touch
weather proof
lighter than others in class (574g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
77
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
features touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Sports photography features
Panasonic LX100 II Sports photography features
75
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery pack (350 CIPA)
72
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (17 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
good battery pack (340 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Travel photography camera
72
lighter than others in class (574g)
weather proof
includes focus via touch
resolution is good (20MP)
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (350 CIPA)
78
good battery pack (340 per charge)
supports bluetooth
features touch to focus
good resolution (17 megapixels)
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1 II
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX100 II
77
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather proof
two card slots
not so great battery pack (350 shots)
77
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (17MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Vlogging features
Panasonic LX100 II Vlogging features
79
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has external microphone socket
lighter than others in class (574 grams)
37
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic LX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 II and Panasonic LX100 II
 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIPanasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Category Pro Mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Released 2016-09-19 2018-08-22
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 17 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4736 x 3552
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 200
RAW files
Lowest enhanced ISO 64 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 121 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-75mm (3.1x)
Highest aperture - f/1.7-2.8
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,037k dot 1,240k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,760k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 1800 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 60.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.10 m (at ISO 100) 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash settings Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MOV, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 574g (1.27 pounds) 392g (0.86 pounds)
Physical dimensions 134 x 91 x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") 115 x 66 x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1312 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 340 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLH-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots Dual 1
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