Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DC GH5s Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs DC GH5s - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DC GH5s Specs

PEN E-PL9

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 117.1 x 68 x 39mm³ (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
  • 380g (12.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN E-PL9

DC GH5s

  • Introduced in January 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 10 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4mm³ (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DC GH5s

PEN E-PL9 vs DC GH5s Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: PEN E-PL9 an DC GH5s sensor comparison

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DC GH5s Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

DC GH5s

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1010.28
Built-in flash (2)
Image stabilizer (3)
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
660g
(21.3 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
1187cm³
(75 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are the higher resolution, the built-in flash and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the lower weight than the DC GH5s and the more compact size.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 14 points.

Otherwise why to choose Panasonic DC GH5s

PEN E-PL9

DC GH5s

Higher speed (4, frames/second)812
Auto Focus points (4)121225
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.041.62
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)350410
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DC GH5s are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like that the display has a higher resolution, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the PEN E-PL9: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 21 points for the DC GH5s.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

DC GH5s

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
WiFi
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DC GH5s Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and DC GH5s

PEN E-PL9 und DC GH5s, front viewPEN E-PL9 und DC GH5s, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und DC GH5s, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und DC GH5s, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Panasonic DC GH5s

14
21

We recommend Panasonic DC GH5s as better choice.

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