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Category: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product: Olympus Lumix DMC-GH3
Price: £749.00

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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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

1/8 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 200

1/8 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/15 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 400

1/15 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/30 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 800

1/30 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 1600

1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

1/100 sec | f/6.3 | 43.0 mm | ISO 3200

1/100 sec | f/6.3 | 43.0 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res

1/160 sec | f/7.1 | 43.0 mm | ISO 6400

1/160 sec | f/7.1 | 43.0 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res

1/200 sec | f/9.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 12800

1/200 sec | f/9.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res

1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 16000

1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 16000
High-Res

1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 20000

1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 20000
High-Res

1/320 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 25600

1/320 sec | f/10.0 | 43.0 mm | ISO 25600
High-Res


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 ISO test images

1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 125

1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 125
High-Res | RAW

1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200

1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

1/25 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 400

1/25 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res | RAW

1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800

1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800
High-Res | RAW

1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 1600

1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res | RAW

1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 3200

1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res | RAW

1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 6400

1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res | RAW

1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 12800

1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res | RAW

1/1600 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 25600

1/1600 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 25600
High-Res | RAW



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

AWB Tungsten Warm ON | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

AWB Tungsten Warm ON | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

AWB Tungsten Warm OFF | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

AWB Tungsten Warm OFF | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Tungsten Preset | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

Tungsten Preset | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Fluorescent Preset | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

Fluorescent Preset | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 White-balance test images

Awb Tungsten | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200

Awb Tungsten | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

Tungsten Preset | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200

Tungsten Preset | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

Awb Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200

Awb Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

Manual White Balance | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200

Manual White Balance | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW



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-M5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
ManufacturerOlympusPanasonic
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.1Mp (Megapixels)16.05Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 46084608
Pixels (H) 34563456
Sensor Type Live MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor Size Micro / 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 Monitor 3in3in
Screen resolution 610k dots614,000 dots
Touch Screen YesYes
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 shortest 1/4000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 60sec60sec
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 sensitivity 200 - 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 Resolution 1.44million dots1,744K dots OLED
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 9fps6fps
Video
Movie mode YesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 3060p, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p
Stereo Sound YesYes
Optical Zoom with Video YesYes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation YesNo
Interface
HDMI YesYes
USB USB 2USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium IonLi-ion Battery Pack
CIPA Rating 330540
Box Contents
Box Contents Body, 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
Weight 373g550g
Width 121mm132.9mm
Height 89.6mm93.4mm
Depth 41.9mm82mm
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