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Hard to decide what is compact, cheap and good enough
The 12-32 was created specifically for the Panasonic GM5 in the first place, but because it proved so popular, thereafter it was bundled also with other bodies, and you can even buy it separtely these days.


Even the 15 F/1.7 was originally packaged with the GM5, actually.


The Panny 12-32 obviously is a 24-65 FF equivalent, the Oly 14-42 a 28 to 85. From that POV I think you may need to consider what you find more important, i.e, a little more wideangle, or a little more tele, gettign right into portraiture length.


Both zooms are very capable indeed, as are both bodies. Personally, I would go for the Olympus, basically because it actually is quite a bit more compact than the Panasonic, and IMO, more stylish.


Also, Oly IBIS (5-axis on E-M10 II) is yet to be beaten by anything Panny (or anybody else) does, the jpegs SOOC are absolutely gorgeous, it has great in-built PP options (you could get away with no PP other than in-camera PP at all).


I think the Panasonic might be (slightly) better at, or easier for, videography, but I do think it iS much of a muchness. since I never really look at video features, you may take thsi with a grain or two of salt, however.


I own both lenses, own a Panasonic GM5, an Olympus Pen F and E-M1 II, and I also did own a Panasonic GF2 and Olympus E-M10 and E-M5II in the past. Essentially, the GF2 and E-M10 were replaced with the Pen F, and the E-M5 II with the E-M1 II, mostly because of the new battery, and a bunch of better specs.


The GM5 I got fairly recently because it is such a nice compact camera - with the 12-32 it actually is pocketable, jacket pocket size. I can do that with the Pen F and 12-42 too, but the fit is much more tight Wink. I normally carry the latter in my man purse Smile. Both are great for street photgraphy, and other types of photography where you do not want to stand out. The Pen F just gives that little extra (20 MP, many in-camera options above and beyond, etc.).


Overall, personally, I prefer shooting with Oly these days, the output to me just seems that bit nicer compared to Panny, i.e., without any PP.


As to your specific choice: you can't go wrong with either of these. It is really a choice between Oly's better jpegs SOOC, better EVF, better (IB)IS, 24-85 equivalent lens, dslr-type camera (smaller than the old OM analog cameras) vs Panny's bigger and beefier RF-type camera (even if it isn't), better video options, good IS, 24-65 equivalent lens. From a compactness POV, the Oly easily beats the Panny. The lenses are equally compact.


There are quite a few differences if you do want to use any of these cameras more extensively (I am sure you will), but for first selection criteria this is probably it.


HTH, kind regards, Wim

Gear: Canon EOS R with 3 primes and 2 zooms, 4 EF-R adapters, Canon EOS 5 (analog), 9 Canon EF primes, a lone Canon EF zoom, 2 extenders, 2 converters, tubes; Olympus OM-D 1 Mk II & Pen F with 12 primes, 6 zooms, and 3 Metabones EF-MFT adapters ....

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Hard to decide what is compact, cheap and good enough - by davidmanze - 07-09-2017, 10:35 AM
Hard to decide what is compact, cheap and good enough - by wim - 07-09-2017, 06:30 PM

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