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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 front
Portability
81
Imaging
53
Features
75
Overall
61

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 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
  • Launched September 2012
Panasonic GX7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 402g - 123 x 71 x 55mm
  • Released November 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GX1
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GX8
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the GX7 (16MP) is very close and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was unveiled 13 months before the GX7 making them a generation apart from each other. The two cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short introduction of how the E-PL5 scores versus the GX7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Panasonic GX7

 E-PL5 GX7 
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX7 over the Olympus E-PL5

 GX7 E-PL5 
ReleasedNovember 2013September 2012Fresher by 13 months
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Panasonic GX7

 E-PL5 GX7 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera regularly, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL5 has got outside measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GX7 has dimensions of 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") and a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

See the Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the E-PL5 compared to the GX7.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL5 and GX7 is 88 and 81 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing just by looking through specs. The photograph here should provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL5 and GX7.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same megapixels therefore you should expect comparable quality of photographs although you should always consider the production date of the cameras into account. The older E-PL5 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic GX7 Portrait photography advice
71
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
71
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/320 seconds)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL5
Street photography with Panasonic GX7
85
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
82
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has focus via touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Sports photography camera
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect AF
59
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
not so great battery (350 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography information
Panasonic GX7 Travel photography information
75
comes with focus by touch
MP count decent (16MP)
display is selfie friendly
lack of Time Lapse mode
67
has focus via touch
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
not so great battery (350 shots)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Landscape photography camera
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
lack of Time Lapse mode
73
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
not so great battery (350 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Vlogging camera
78
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
34
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic socket
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Panasonic GX7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Panasonic GX7
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-17 2013-11-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 35 23
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,765k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 7.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250s 1/320s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
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 325g (0.72 lb) 402g (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 70
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 12.2
DXO Low light rating 889 718
Other
Battery life 360 pictures 350 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $400 $1,000