Are you trying to decide which of the two suits you better?
What both models do well:
- They both are small and portable (for a micro four third camera). They are two of the smallest and lightest models with m43 world.
- Both feature fast auto-focus, much faster than any compact cameras.
What both won’t do well:
- Both won’t fit in tight jean pockets, even when small pancake lenses are mounted. In order to fit them, you will need to remove the lens, install all caps and carry them separately in two different pockets.
Why you should choose Olympus E-PM1:
- Olympus color – just about everyone prefers JPEG produced by Olympus cameras over Panasonic cameras. Of course, if you are willing to shoot in RAW and do some post-processing, then this is a moot point but for those who are looking for some convenience of using JEPG shots straight out of the camera, this is a big plus.
- IBIS – built-in image stabilization can be a big help if you often shoot in slow shutter speeds. It is true that IBIS doesn’t help out at all (in fact degrades) when the shutter speed is fast but you can always turn this off if you don’t need it. Most of the excellent prime lenses currently sold don’t feature any IS so if you want IS in these lenses, IBIS is the only way to go.
- Optional external view finder (EVF) – since E-PM1 features a hot shoe, you can buy and use an EVF if needed. This is not an option on GF3.
- Auto-focus assist lamp
- You can add an external mic if needed. Great for recording videos. Even the built-in mics are stereo (GF3 only features a mono mic).
- Art/custom filters – E-PM1 simply features more of them. If you are into filters such as pin-hole, soft-focus and grainy film, E-PM1 is the way to go.
- E-PM1 is typically cheaper.
- Can be used with a remote shutter release. This simply cannot be done on the GF3.
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