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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2

Portability
80
Imaging
54
Features
84
Overall
66
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Key Specs

Olympus E-M5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 469g - 124 x 85 x 45mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-M5
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic FH2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS16
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Overview

Here is a in-depth review of the Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-M5 II (16MP) and the FH2 (14MP) is fairly comparable but the E-M5 II (Four Thirds) and FH2 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-M5 II was brought out 4 years later than the FH2 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M5 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH2 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the E-M5 II grades against the FH2 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 II over the Panasonic FH2

 E-M5 II FH2 
IntroducedFebruary 2015January 2011Fresher by 50 months
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH2 over the Olympus E-M5 II

 FH2 E-M5 II 

Common features in the Olympus E-M5 II and Panasonic FH2

 E-M5 II FH2 

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M5 II has got outer measurements of 124mm x 85mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") along with a weight of 469 grams (1.03 lbs) while the Panasonic FH2 has sizing of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the E-M5 II against the FH2.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-M5 II and FH2 is 80 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to see the contrast in sensor sizing just by seeing a spec sheet. The visual underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M5 II and FH2.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-M5 II because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Olympus E-M5 II will provide extra detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop images far more aggressively. The more recent E-M5 II is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH2
72
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW files
33
good MP (14MP)
includes face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Street photography details
Panasonic FH2 Street photography details
82
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
has touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
lighter than others in class (121g)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH2 as a Sports photography camera
65
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
terrible battery power (310 CIPA)
has no phase detect auto focus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery life (270 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Travel photography info
Panasonic FH2 Travel photography info
74
environment proofing
has touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery power (310 CIPA)
72
good battery life (270 CIPA)
lighter than others in class (121 grams)
provides focus by touch
good MP (14MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FH2 Landscape photography highlights
74
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
terrible battery power (310 CIPA)
41
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
good battery life (270 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Vlogging details
Panasonic FH2 Vlogging details
82
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic support
32
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
lighter than others in class (121g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic support
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic FH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M5 II and Panasonic FH2
 Olympus OM-D E-M5 IIPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FS16
Class Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2015-02-06 2011-01-05
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine IV
Sensor type MOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias 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 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 81 11
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 1,037k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 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 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 469 grams (1.03 pounds) 121 grams (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 85 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 896 not tested
Other
Battery life 310 images 270 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLN-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $699 $149