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Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5

Portability
54
Imaging
61
Features
93
Overall
73
Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front
Portability
60
Imaging
76
Features
92
Overall
82

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 997g - 144 x 147 x 75mm
  • Revealed January 2019
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push 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
  • Launched August 2020
  • Updated by Panasonic S5 II
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Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Overview

Following is a complete review of the Olympus E-M1X versus Panasonic S5, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-M1X (20MP) and the S5 (24MP) is very comparable but the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and S5 (Full frame) come with different sensor sizing.

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The E-M1X was brought out 18 months earlier than the S5 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summary of how the E-M1X scores versus the S5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Panasonic S5

 E-M1X S5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Olympus E-M1X

 S5 E-M1X 
LaunchedAugust 2020January 2019More modern by 18 months
Display resolution1840k1037kCrisper display (+803k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Panasonic S5

 E-M1X S5 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display sizing3"3.0"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-M1X has exterior dimensions of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 lbs) whilst the Panasonic S5 has specifications of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-M1X versus Panasonic S5 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the E-M1X compared to the S5.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the E-M1X and S5 is 54 and 60 respectively.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to picture the difference in sensor sizes merely by checking out a spec sheet. The image underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M1X and S5.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-M1X because of its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field harder and the Panasonic S5 will produce extra detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The more aged E-M1X will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Portrait photography features
Panasonic S5 Portrait photography features
76
manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
85
manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Street photography factors
Panasonic S5 Street photography factors
67
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
has touch focus
environment sealing
very good high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than average (997g)
78
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
offers touch focus
weather proof
great high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M1X
Sports photography with Panasonic S5
80
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
great battery power (870 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
81
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather proof
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Travel photography advice
Panasonic S5 Travel photography advice
68
great battery power (870 shots)
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
good MP (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
more heavy than average (997 grams)
79
weather proof
has bluetooth
offers touch focus
resolution is good (24MP)
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1X as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic S5 as a Landscape photography camera
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
great battery power (870 per charge)
has double storage slots
86
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.0 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
2 card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1X as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic S5 as a Vlogging camera
68
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
high video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has external microphone port
more heavy than average (997g)
79
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone support
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Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic S5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Panasonic S5
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XPanasonic Lumix DC-S5
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1X Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2019-01-24 2020-08-14
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Dual TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 51200
Highest enhanced ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO 64 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 121 225
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Leica L
Available lenses 107 31
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3.0 inch
Resolution of display 1,037k dots 1,840k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
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 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 60.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings 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
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 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 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 997 grams (2.20 lb) 714 grams (1.57 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 870 photographs 440 photographs
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type - SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Card slots Dual Dual
Pricing at release $2,999 $1,999