Panasonic GH3 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Fuji X-E1 – Mirrorless Camera Battle Royal!

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Jordan Steele over at currently has his hands on three of the top mirrorless cameras systems and took the opportunity to pit them against each other for a head to head to head comparison.

In corner #1, it’s the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  In corner #2, it’s the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  And in corner #3, it’s the Fuji X-E1.  Are you ready to RUMMMMMMMMBBBBLLLLLEEEE?!

Here’s Jordan’s preliminary conclusion…

“Well, the X-E1 is a camera with fantastic image quality, that much is certain.  Not surprisingly, it produces cleaner images throughout the ISO range and retains great detail.  Is the Fuji the best of these three cameras then?  In pure image quality from the sensor?  Yes.  In other ways?  Not so fast….  Wait for my full review of the X-E1 for more detailed discussion, but both the GH3 and OM-D are much more responsive machines when it comes to autofocus.  Still, Fuji has a winner on their hands.  It’s also great to see Panasonic put out a body with very high image quality to match the OM-D on the stills side.” (Read full article on – Video above courtesy of Roland Cadieux, shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH3, Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 and Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 lenses.  Underwater footage shot with a GoPro Hero)

My 2 Cents

Looks like Jordan is in complete agreement with our assessment of these three cameras from our 2012 Mirrorless Camera Year in Review.

Each of these cameras is exceptional in it’s own right and all three of them have caused pro photographers to stand up and take notice.

The OM-D was the first mirrorless camera to offer still photo image quality that could compare with top tier DSLR cameras, and it’s retro styling and 5 point IBIS have made it one of the most popular cameras of the last year.  This is a great all around camera for stills and video.

For pure stills photography, the Fuji X-Trans Sensor offers incredible film-like IQ and the the Fuji X-E1 (along with it’s big brother, the X-Pro1) take the still photo image quality title by a hair.  Most of my photog buddies love these cameras, and they’re perfect for the pure stills shooter, especially if you’re not afraid of manual focus.  Of course, their slow autofocus (when compared to the GH3 and OM-D) is the great equalizer here, but Fuji just released the X100s – a premium fixed lens camera that boasts an all new X-Trans II Sensor and EXR II Processor with dramatically improved autofocus speed and performance.

For video, it’s the GH3 all the way.  With this camera, Panasonic have taken the legendary video performance of it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 to a whole new level.  Pro videographers the world over are flocking to this camera.

Best all around camera…Again – it’s the GH3.  This little beauty hangs with the best of the best in the stills department and completely outclasses all comers in video.  Couple that with Panasonic’s new Pro spec Zoom Lenses and the GH3’s built in Wi-Fi and you get the best Hybrid Camera in existence today.

Another excellent camera that’s conspicuously absent is the Sony NEX 6.  It’s the most advanced NEX camera yet, it’s great for stills and video and it has Sony’s Wi-Fi and app system built in too!

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