Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens (collapsible lens)
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 12-32mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens (collapsible lens)
Both cameras have IBIS. Both rely on CDAF, although it seems to me as though Panasonic may be slightly more advanced in AF and in IS. Feel my pain, though. I am a naive consumer who does not have a MILC, and yet I do know some of the basics of photography, and after spending a bit reading reviews I can tell you the people writing the marketing materials are playing fast and loose with the truth. Well, actually, they are outright lying.
Olympus claimed that one of their lenses magnification was doubled because of the crop ratio! I also had to read about their "software zoom". P. Lumix was a bit more subtle, but just as slippery. It is no mean feat even finding specs for their 12-32 lens because it is not sold in the US except for as part of a kit. Add to that the fact that the international version is different. It has a plastic base, not metal, and who knows what else! I'm not saying Panasonic is not straightforward about the difference of their MEGA O.I.S., Power O.I.S, Dual Mode I.S., and there stage 2 DMIS, or that you can't unravel their camera's focus system, and whose lenses it will work on, and on, and on.
OK. They got me! I have no idea which of the above two cameras are the best.
The both seem pretty small. The both seem pretty capable. And for $99 Olympus sells and nice telephoto zoom. (Or it looks that way to me).
The Panasonic may be more readily available, although they both seem to be in stock from some vendors. I realize Klause likes the not EV version of the 12-42mm. Well...I was boldly told it is the "same optical formula" That's pretty strange if true, because they have significantly different close focus distances. And while, I don't like the EV's short life expectancy, and long zoom speed, I do like the size, and the close focus, plus...its only 0.9 inches long! A normal zoom! That's 22 or 23mm! The entire camera, with the lens is only 2.8" (72?mm) thick with the lens attached!
I'm kind of having to do some estimating on the numbers because the vendors provide such sketchy specs!
But these both seem like decent cameras. Add the telephoto and...I think we have not one, but two winners!
And yet...I'm not sure what I think I know is true, or just tricky wording. Can one really have a pretty decent pocket sized MFT set up for way under $1,000?
Which would you choose? Thanks for any input. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And that is exactly what I feel I have right now!
I forgot...I think PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 is called GX80 "In other markets", another practice that is killing me! And yet, I am still so happy that Canon never put KISS on any USA model cameras!