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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 front
Portability
82
Imaging
61
Features
80
Overall
68

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
Panasonic GX9
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 407g - 124 x 72 x 47mm
  • Released February 2018
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Olympus E-PL5 versus Panasonic GX9, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the GX9 (20MP) is relatively well matched and they possess the exact same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was unveiled 6 years prior to the GX9 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple view of how the E-PL5 grades vs the GX9 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Panasonic GX9

 E-PL5 GX9 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX9 over the Olympus E-PL5

 GX9 E-PL5 
ReleasedFebruary 2018September 2012More recent by 65 months
Screen resolution1240k460kSharper screen (+780k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Panasonic GX9

 E-PL5 GX9 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Physical Comparison

If you're going to lug around your camera, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL5 has got external dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Panasonic GX9 has proportions of 124mm x 72mm x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9") and a weight of 407 grams (0.90 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PL5 versus Panasonic GX9 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the E-PL5 against the GX9.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL5 and GX9 is 88 and 82 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to see the difference between sensor measurements purely by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here will provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL5 and GX9.

Clearly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Panasonic GX9 to give extra detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs much more aggressively. The older E-PL5 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GX9 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
76
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL5
Street photography with Panasonic GX9
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features touch to focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
84
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
supports touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography details
Panasonic GX9 Sports photography details
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
no phase detect auto focus
73
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
low battery power (260 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL5
Travel photography with Panasonic GX9
75
features touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
no Timelapse recording
71
connects via bluetooth
supports touch to focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
low battery power (260 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GX9 Landscape photography factors
74
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
no Timelapse recording
77
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
low battery power (260 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GX9 Vlogging highlights
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
no microphone socket
35
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of microphone jack
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Panasonic GX9
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2012-09-17 2018-02-13
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 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
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 35 49
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dot 1,240k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,760k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 6.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, auto w/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
Highest flash sync 1/250 secs -
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325g (0.72 lb) 407g (0.90 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 124 x 72 x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 photographs 260 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 photos over 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots One One
Retail price $400 $1,000