Panasonic Lumix G9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 II – The complete comparison

Updated on: January 14th, 2020

In all my time reviewing cameras, never have I received so many requests to write about a specific product as I have with the Panasonic Lumix G9. Many of you have been patiently waiting for this article, and some of you have kindly shared suggestions and early findings after purchasing the camera for yourselves, which I am grateful for.

I am already very familiar with the OM-D E-M1 II but it was a pleasure to use it again and see how it stacked up against such fierce competition as the G9, especially now that the Olympus camera is coming up on its second birthday (which is a lifetime on the electronic consumer market).

As for the G9, well, it surprised me in ways I wasn’t expecting, which forced me to re-evaluate some of my views. And when that happens, it makes my work much more fun!

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Panasonic Lumix GH4 – The Complete Comparison

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has been one of the most popular mirrorless camera since its release in late 2013. It was my workhorse for almost two years while working as an event photographer in Italy and without a doubt, one of the first mirrorless cameras to attract professional photographers looking for something smaller than traditional DSLR systems. Last but not least, it is also the camera that marked the end of the Olympus DSLR line-up.

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is more popular in the filmmaking community thanks to its professional video specifications but it is also capable of producing excellent results for stills. Released in 2014, it introduced many innovations in the Lumix range including DfD autofocus and Ultra HD. In fact, it was the first mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K internally and showed how serious Panasonic was about designing a professional hybrid tool capable of delivering superior results for stills and video.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 II vs Panasonic GH5 – Five key aspects analysed

Updated on: October 30th, 2018

Three years ago, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic Lumix GH4 set a new standard, not only for the Micro Four Thirds segment but for the mirrorless market as well. They introduced a number of innovations that had never before been seen on a consumer product, but even more importantly, they proved to the masses that a compact system camera had the potential to be a professional tool. The OM-D E-M1 mark II and Lumix GH5, released in late 2016 / early 2017, are the culmination of that potential.

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Olympus Pen F vs. Panasonic Lumix GX8 – Quick 20MP sensor comparison

panasonic gx7 vs olympus pen f

The very first Micro Four Thirds camera to receive a 20MP sensor was the Panasonic Lumix GX8. Announced back in July 2015, we knew it was only a matter of time before Olympus released a 20MP sensor camera of its own.

Instead of choosing to debut the new sensor on one of the high-end OM-D cameras, Olympus opted to give it the Pen F, the latest model in the Pen line-up. We highly suspect that it is the same Sony 20MP MFT sensor used inside the GX8, although pigs will fly before rival companies openly admit to using the same technology!

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Panasonic GX85 / GX80 vs. Olympus Pen F – The complete comparison

A comparison you might be less likely to come across is the Panasonic Lumix GX85 versus the Olympus Pen F. After all, the price gap is significant and their respective designs suggest that Olympus and Panasonic are targeting different markets.

However it is also true that the two cameras have much in common. They feature the same Micro Four Thirds mount and their design incorporates a viewfinder on the left-hand side. The image quality is very similar and their 5-axis stabilisation technologies are the most advanced on the market at the time of writing.

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