Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DMC GH3 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs DMC GH3 - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DMC GH3 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

DMC GH3

  • Introduced in September 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 132.9 x 93.4 x 83.9mm³ (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
  • 550g (17.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GH3

PEN E-PL9 vs DMC GH3 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 DMC GH3 sensor comparison

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DMC GH3 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

DMC GH3

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1016.05
Higher speed (4, frames/second)86
Auto Focus points (4)12123
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO200 - 12800 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.61
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
550g
(17.7 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
1041cm³
(66 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the optical image stabilizer and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the lower weight than the DMC GH3 and the more compact size.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 28 points.

Otherwise why to choose Panasonic DMC GH3

PEN E-PL9

DMC GH3

External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)350540
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GH3 are the connector for an external microphone, that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 5 points for the DMC GH3.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

DMC GH3

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Touch screen
WiFi
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DMC GH3 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and DMC GH3

PEN E-PL9 und DMC GH3, front viewPEN E-PL9 und DMC GH3, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und DMC GH3, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und DMC GH3, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Panasonic DMC GH3

28
5

We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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