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Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 - We have posted full size sample photos from the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and can now compare them to the Olympus OM-D E-M5, along with low-light video samples.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Olympus Lumix DMC-GH3
Price : £749
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Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (2)

We now have a final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and compare it to the Olympus OM-D E-M5, both Micro Four Thirds cameras, both with a 16 megapixel sensor, and both with a weather sealed SLR styled body, although one with more retro styling. The sensor in the GH3 is strongly rumoured to be the same 16 megapixel Sony sensor as used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, so it will be interesting to see how the two cameras perform.

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Olympus OM-D E-M5
16 megapixel sensor 16 megapixel sensor
3 inch OLED 614k dot touch-screen 3 inch OLED 610k dot touch-screen
Swivelling / Rotating to face front Tilting up and down
6fps continuous shooting 9fps continuous shooting
Full HD, 72mbps, AVCHD, MOV, MP4 Full HD, MOV, 720p MJPEG
Stereo mics, mic socket, headphone socket Stereo mics, accessory port for microphone etc
ISO range 200-25600 (extended to 125) ISO range 200-25600 (Lowest ISO200)
1.744 million dot EVF 1.44 million dot EVF
HDR shooting, Multi-exposure Multi-exposure
Wi-Fi built in N/A
£1200 - £1549 body only £999 body only

Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (6)

Size difference: The GH3 is larger than the GH2 it replaces, and features weather sealing like the OM-D. The size difference is quite noticeable, with the GH3 having a larger grip with a more DSLR styled look and design.

  Panasonic Lumix GH3 Olympus OM-D E-M5
Width 132.9mm 121mm
Height 93.4mm 89.6mm
Depth 82mm 41.9mm
Weight 550g 373g

Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (4)

EVF and screen differences
- both cameras feature a 3 inch OLED touch screen, with VGA equivalent resolution (610k dots on the Olympus, 614k dots on the Panasonic). They both feature an EVF (electronic viewfinder), with the Olympus featuring a 1.44 million dot resolution viewfinder made by Epson, while the Panasonic features a 1.744 million dot OLED viewfinder.

Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (3)

Battery life difference: The Panasonic Lumix GH3 offers a battery life rating of 540 shots, while the Olympus OM-D E-M5 offers 330 shots. Both have an optional battery grip available to increase battery life, although the OM-D is a two part grip so you can add just the first part for an improved handgrip, without adding too much to the weight and size of the camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 ISO test images


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 ISO test images



Olympus OM-D E-M5 White-balance test images


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 White-balance test images



Low Light Full HD Sample videos: Starting with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the 14-45mm lens using Optical Image Stabilisation.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 14-140mm lens, optical IS switched off, in-body IS used. We also recorded videos with the lenses swapped over to see if this caused any or much difference and very little was seen.


For more sample photos, have a look at the Pansonic Lumix GH3 sample photos
For more on the Olympus OM-D E-M5
read our full review.

Comparison Table

Olympus OM-D E-M5Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
ManufacturerOlympusPanasonic
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)16.05Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)46084608
Pixels (H)34563456
Sensor TypeLive MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four ThirdsMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution610k dots614,000 dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity200 - 25600125 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Flash
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution1.44million dots1,744K dots OLED
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting9fps6fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS3060p, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium IonLi-ion Battery Pack
CIPA Rating330540
Box Contents
Box ContentsBody, Flash FL-LM2, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty cardBody, / Body Cap, / LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035), / Lens Cap, / Lens Hood, / Lens Rear Cap, / Battery Charger (AC Cable included), / Battery Pack, / USB Connection Cable, / Shoulder Strap, / CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight373g550g
Width121mm132.9mm
Height89.6mm93.4mm
Depth41.9mm82mm
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