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Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3

We take another look at the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix GH3 for stills photography, and compare photos from both.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (6)
Previously we compared a pre-production Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs the Olympus OM-D E-M5, with video comparisons, then we compared a final image quality version of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5, with low light sample video.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Vs Olympus Om D E M5 (3)

Now we are comparing the two cameras with new photos with the same lens and settings on each. In the first photo we have set the aperture and ISO to match, to see how the camera exposure differs on each. Click on the thumbnail to view full size images.

For these test shots we used the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS Lens, and the Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH Lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Panasonic Lumix GH3
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Olympus Om D E M5 Macro 45mm PA190034 | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1600 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Macro 45mm | 1/5 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm (Leica) | ISO 1600 | AWB 1/5 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm (Leica) | ISO 1600 | AWB
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: 25mm AWB (Keep Warm) | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Tea 25mm AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800
Tea AWB (Keep Warm) | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800 Tea 25mm AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 800
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: 45mm AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 800 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Tea 45mm AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 800
Tea AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 800 Tea AWB | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 45.0 mm | ISO 800
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Wide Comparison | 1/250 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Wide - Non HDR | 1/250 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200
Wide | 1/250 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200 Wide | 1/250 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Street | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 19.0 mm | ISO 200 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Street | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 19.0 mm | ISO 200
Street | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 19.0 mm | ISO 200 Street | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 19.0 mm | ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Olympus Om D E M5 Kiwi PA210065 | 1/100 sec | f/2.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1250 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 Part 3: Kiwi | 1/100 sec | f/2.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1250
Kiwi | 1/100 sec | f/2.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1250 Kiwi | 1/100 sec | f/2.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 1250

By default, and auto exposure settings, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 would expose -1/3 in comparison to the OM-D E-M5, or the other way of looking at it, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 would expose +1/3 in comparison to the GH3. So to match the exposure of the GH3 you can set the E-M5 to -1/3 or set the GH3 to +1/3 to match the E-M5, assuming you weren't manually setting the exposure to match. Apart from these differences when leaving the cameras on auto-exposure, there was no real difference in exposure, the ISO settings matched each other.

From the images you can see that the Panasonic Lumix GH3 produces warmer images indoors when left on Auto White Balance. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has an option to "Keep Warm Colour" when shooting with Auto White Balance, and this has resulted in a warmer shot than the GH3 for one of the images. Outdoors in the "Wide" shot, the Olympus shows warmer images, with the GH3 image looking cooler in comparison. In the "Street" image there is stronger colour saturation and contrast in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 image. In the final image of the kiwi fruit, the Olympus provides a sharper final image. However these are the JPEG images straight from camera, and it's likely that by processing the RAW images you will be able to produce identical results from each.

Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review
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dfswan Avatar
dfswan 10 United States
6 Nov 2012 6:57AM
How close is this GH3 to being production? When you really zoom in on the sample pictures to the pixel level, the Olympus is considerably more precise. I donít like the way the OM-D E-M5 feels in my hand nor am I thrilled with EVF. I could easily justify the extra cost of the GH3 if the image quality was equal or superior to the OM-D E-M5 but not if it is less. Iím hoping that this is a preproduction model being tested and that the production model has better image quality.
SRBeen Avatar
SRBeen 10
7 Nov 2012 4:15PM
This is my biggest dillema OM-D or GH3, but seems that OM-D wins in quality again...
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
16 Nov 2012 7:14PM

Quote:I donít like the way the OM-D E-M5 feels in my hand nor am I thrilled with EVF


I felt the same way about the feel so I picked up the two part grip, it transforms the handling.
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