Earlier this month I set down my thoughts on Panasonic’s new G9 in relation to the older, but still excellent, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I judged it a close call and I think most other writers are of a similar opinion. I’m on record as saying that if you own mainly Panasonic lenses, go for the Lumix. If you’re Billingham is stocked with Olympus Pro lenses, then choose the OM-D.
I was therefore very interested to read one of the best comparisons of the two cameras I’ve seen — by Mat Gasquet and Heather Broster at Mirrorless Comparison (see below). There is a tremendous amount of detail and dozens of comparative shots from the two cameras, all leading to a very similar conclusion to mine. Mat concludes: HEATHER BROSTER/MATHIEU GASQUET
“….once you stop thinking about who came first, and simply look at what is available today, I can’t help but notice that some features on the OM-D are starting to appear a little outdated, the EVF resolution being a good example. Other specifications have been matched (60fps and 20fps) and the brand still struggles to compete more seriously in the video department. Yes, Olympus’ image stabilisation is still the best, but even there the gap isn’t as big as it used to be.
“For now the E-M1 II remains our favourite choice for wildlife and birds in flight for the reasons I already explained, but the mirrorless market has become more competitive than ever before. I believe that Olympus will need to work extremely hard on the next flagship if they want to remain on top.”