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Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5

Portability
71
Imaging
54
Features
85
Overall
66
Olympus OM-D E-M1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front
Portability
60
Imaging
78
Features
92
Overall
83

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 497g - 130 x 94 x 63mm
  • Released October 2013
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 714g - 133 x 97 x 82mm
  • Revealed August 2020
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Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Overview

Here is a extensive assessment of the Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the E-M1 (16MP) and S5 (24MP) and the E-M1 (Four Thirds) and S5 (Full frame) use different sensor dimensions.

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The E-M1 was revealed 7 years earlier than the S5 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the E-M1 matches up vs the S5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 over the Panasonic S5

 E-M1 S5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Olympus E-M1

 S5 E-M1 
RevealedAugust 2020October 2013Fresher by 82 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1840k1037kSharper display (+803k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 and Panasonic S5

 E-M1 S5 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display dimension3"3.0"Identical display sizing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry your camera, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M1 comes with outside dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") having a weight of 497 grams (1.10 lbs) while the Panasonic S5 has proportions of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") with a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the E-M1 and the S5.

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the E-M1 and S5 is 71 and 60 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M1 and S5.

As you can see, both of these cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The E-M1 having a tinier sensor is going to make shooting bokeh tougher and the Panasonic S5 will give greater detail because of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The older E-M1 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic S5 Portrait photography factors
72
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/320 seconds)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
86
manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S5 as a Street photography camera
78
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
supports touch focus
environment proofing
lighter than competitors (497g)
good ISO range (25,600)
78
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch to focus
environment proof
above average ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic S5 as a Sports photography camera
70
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
supports phase detect AF
bad battery (350 CIPA)
82
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment proof
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Travel photography features
Panasonic S5 Travel photography features
65
lighter than competitors (497 grams)
environment proofing
supports touch focus
resolution is good (16MP)
bad battery (350 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
79
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
good MP (24MP)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic S5 as a Landscape photography camera
73
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
bad battery (350 per charge)
87
manual focus
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
screen is a good size (3.0")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
above average ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic S5 Vlogging factors
36
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
lighter than competitors (497 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
79
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone socket
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Olympus E-M1 vs Panasonic S5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 and Panasonic S5
 Olympus OM-D E-M1Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1 Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2013-10-28 2020-08-14
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePIC VII -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 51200
Highest enhanced ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 81 225
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Leica L
Available lenses 107 31
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fully Articulated
Display size 3" 3.0"
Resolution of display 1,037k dots 1,840k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.74x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/320s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 497g (1.10 lbs) 714g (1.57 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 757 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photos 440 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLN-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Card slots Single Dual
Retail price $799 $1,999