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Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5

Portability
82
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Portability
59
Imaging
60
Features
89
Overall
71

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 120 x 83 x 47mm
  • Revealed August 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-M10
  • New Model is Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced January 2017
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH4
  • Successor is Panasonic GH5 II
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-M10 II (16MP) and the GH5 (20MP) is relatively similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-M10 II was unveiled 16 months earlier than the GH5 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick summation of how the E-M10 II matches up versus the GH5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 II over the Panasonic GH5

 E-M10 II GH5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Olympus E-M10 II

 GH5 E-M10 II 
AnnouncedJanuary 2017August 2015More recent by 16 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k1040kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 II and Panasonic GH5

 E-M10 II GH5 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M10 II features exterior measurements of 120mm x 83mm x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Panasonic GH5 has dimensions of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") with a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the E-M10 II against the GH5.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 II and GH5 is 82 and 59 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to picture the contrast between sensor measurements simply by going over a spec sheet. The graphic underneath may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M10 II and GH5.

Clearly, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic GH5 to offer you more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The older E-M10 II is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10 II
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5
72
has manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files
76
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GH5 as a Street photography camera
83
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
boasts focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
74
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
environment proof
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10 II
Sports photography with Panasonic GH5
67
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
68
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
bad battery (410 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-M10 II
Travel photography with Panasonic GH5
73
boasts focus by touch
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
68
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with focus by touch
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
bad battery (410 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Landscape photography details
Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography details
79
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
75
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
has dual storage slots
bad battery (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Vlogging factors
Panasonic GH5 Vlogging factors
35
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic support
75
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Panasonic GH5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 II and Panasonic GH5
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IIPanasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2015-08-25 2017-01-04
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW support
Min boosted ISO 100 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 81 225
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot 3,680 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x 0.76x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, flash off, 1st-curtain slow sync w/redeye, 1st-curtain slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 grams (0.86 pounds) 725 grams (1.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 120 x 83 x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 77
DXO Color Depth rating 23.1 23.9
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 13.0
DXO Low light rating 842 807
Other
Battery life 320 photographs 410 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots Single Two
Retail pricing $499 $1,298