Quick comparison of GX7 and EP5

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Ray Sachs, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I just wrote up a quick comparison of the Olympus EP5 and Panasonic GX7 over at mu-43.com, for anyone interested. Two incredibly good cameras, without a clear winner to my mind. When I think about where m43 bodies were just 2-3 years ago, the improvement is simply amazing. You can see the write-up here:

    GX7 vs EP5 comparison

    -Ray
     
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  2. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

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    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    Nice write-up Ray! I think you hit on the main differences and more importantly the broad overlap of the two bodies. M43 has really matured, and it's great to see things like 1/8000th, faster flash sync, and IBIS from both Panny and Oly. Now that I have used M43 for a while, have a GR, and a 5D3, I can say that in real world use in print (not pixel peeping at 200%), there isn't much in the IQ differences in most circumstances. Yes, there are differences, but they're getting smaller and more niche-like in quality (e.g. 400mm/2.8 sports photography, thin DOF, really high ISO).

    Personally I could see myself being happy with EP5 or GX7. I'm not buying either now, because I have given my spare cash to John to reinvest in M43 for real (and for keeps) :)
     
  3. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Nice comparison. If that EP5 only had an integrated EVF like the GX7 it would be my pick.
     
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Forgot the faster shutter speed Stan - thanks for the reminder.

    -Ray
     
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  5. graphicgreg

    graphicgreg New to SC

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    Sep 23, 2013
    Nice review Ray. I actually like the modular approach of having a separate EVF for the EP5. You can use it when you need it. For SP with a wide lens, I probably would not. Shooting wildlife with a tele I definitely would. Kinda reminds me of the system approach of my old Hassleblad. Will the Oly VF4 work on the E-PL5?
     
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I think I read a comment SOMEWHERE that indicated the VF-4 was backward compatible, but I'm not sure how far. But if it is at all, it should work with the EPL5. Regardless, it's quite a viewfinder. It's really big even on the EP5, it would really dwarf the little EPL5... I've generally liked the modular approach too but with cameras like the EM5 and GX7, the built in EVF doesn't take up much space or change the overall feel of the camera, so I sure don't MIND it. I don't like them when the rear overhang is large enough to obstruct the view of the rear screen when it's flipped up - the EM5 doesn't, the GX7 is sort of borderline, but since its off to the side it hasn't bothered me in that sense... I think if I was buying one of these, I'd be more inclined to go for the GX7 despite generally preferring Olympus bodies over the past few years. I really like the silent shutter and I like the way they deal with custom settings more than Oly's mysets. I like the grip too. And since you're not paying more for the EVF (actually a bit less and a lot less than if you add the VF4 to the EP5), I see that as an upside too, if not a huge one.

    -Ray
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Here's the lowdown on the VF-4s compatability.......
    Compatible Body ”E-P5 / E-PL6* (Compatible with eye sensor ) *When using E-PL6 and VF-4, eye sensor function is same as E-M5
    E-PL5, E-PM2, E-M5, E-PL3, E-PM1, E-P3 Firmware update required, Not compatible with eye sensor)
    E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-P2, XZ-2 (Firmware update required, Not compatible with eye sensor, Image degradation on view finder.)”
     
  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Thanks Luke. The incompatibility with eye sensor I could easily deal with - I actually make the switch manual on the EM5. But the "image degradation on view finder" is pretty much a non-starter, given that the big bright clear image would be the only reason to buy this finder over the VF2 or 3...

    -Ray