Olympus E-M5mkII Vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Image Stabilization Test
So, with HDSLRs becoming so affordable, some interesting options come up, like sub $2K rig that can really shoot decent video. Two very popular options are the GH4 from Panasonic and the OM-D E-M5II from Olympus, each with its their pros and cons. One notable feature of the E-M5mkII is its 5 Axis stabilization. And if you are shooting lots of hand held-on the move footage, this may be a deciding factor for you. The team at panophoto put the two cameras on a place and gave them a run.
Results are pretty interesting, especially considering that the Panasonic is mounted with a stabilized 12-35mm f2.8 OIS lens. The stabilization comparison between the two camera heavily leans towards the M5. Almost to the point where it can compete with a 3 axis gimbal if you are on a very tight budget.
with the E-M5 Mark II costing around $1,000 it is definitely a cheaper (and smaller and lighter) than a 3 axis gimbal.
The team at panophoto does mention two significant drawbacks with the MD-5 compared to the GH4, the first one is that the image quality on the MD-5 was not as good and it was especially noticeable when you picked a still image out of the movie. The other drawback was the short battery life.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.