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Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5

Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62
Olympus PEN E-PL6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Revealed August 2014
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-PL7
Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Announced April 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF3
  • Later Model is Panasonic GF6
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Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Olympus E-PL6 and Panasonic GF5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a significant difference among the sensor resolutions of the E-PL6 (16MP) and GF5 (12MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL6 was launched 2 years later than the GF5 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summation of how the E-PL6 matches up against the GF5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL6 over the Panasonic GF5

 E-PL6 GF5 
AnnouncedAugust 2014April 2012Fresher by 29 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF5 over the Olympus E-PL6

 GF5 E-PL6 
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL6 and Panasonic GF5

 E-PL6 GF5 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL6 has outer measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Panasonic GF5 has sizing of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-PL6 and Panasonic GF5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the E-PL6 vs the GF5.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL6 and GF5 is 88 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out specs. The graphic below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL6 and GF5.

All in all, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Olympus E-PL6 to provide greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The more recent E-PL6 provides a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GF5 Portrait photography factors
71
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
55
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Street photography highlights
Panasonic GF5 Street photography highlights
85
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
70
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
includes focus via touch
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Sports photography camera
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
max fps low (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Travel photography camera
85
supports touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
display is selfie friendly
61
includes focus via touch
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Landscape photography features
Panasonic GF5 Landscape photography features
80
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
59
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Vlogging camera
79
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
32
touchscreen capability
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
does not have external mic support
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Olympus E-PL6 vs Panasonic GF5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL6 and Panasonic GF5
 Olympus PEN E-PL6Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-08-01 2012-04-05
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VI Venus Engine FHD
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 12MP
Anti aliasing 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 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 35 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
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 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325 grams (0.72 pounds) 267 grams (0.59 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 50
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.0
DXO Low light score not tested 573
Other
Battery life 360 photographs 360 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $300 $600