Panasonic G9 vs. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: Which is the king of Micro 43?

In this head-to-head matchup we compare the Panasonic G9 to the new Olympus EM1 Mark III. Find out which one is king of the Micro Four Thirds world!

The Olympus EM1 Mark III may be the new kid on the block, but the Panasonic G9 is rocking an impressive mid-life firmware upgrade. Watch the vid for a blow-by-blow comparison.

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  • Excellent review of the new Olympus M1 Mark 3

    James Redmond May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I want just want to know which one takes better photos. no features, no gimmicks, no JPG. Just RAW photos, actual photography.

    GPadugan May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • One of your best comparison reviews, I’ve seen in a long time. The features and there applications were well presented and most importantly, in context which gave the viewers a fuller understanding. Well done guys, Thanks

    Karl S May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • You had me at the title. Ditto on the grip, the Oly just feels a step above in the hand.
    I snagged an open-box G9 for way less than retail, after upgrading to the EM1 Mark III, so curious to see which one you crown. One important side-note. My EM1 froze several times this weekend on a sailing trip while shooting C4K 24P in the higher bitrate, so much so I had to resort to pulling the battery and may have lost some of the footage. Reaching out to Olympus to see what's up… Didn't have that issue with my previous EM1 Mark II…

    Alex Primary May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • The photo guy looks like a slightly asian version Mac from its always sunny in Philadelphia

    gtfourziggy2 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • It's pretty obvious why he starts laughing at 6:04. 🐇🐇 😂

    Tonmoy Dey May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • It’s nice to see you talking positive about the mft system instead of blah ff blah blah. Both good cameras 👍🏻

    David Harrison May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • doesn't olympus have keystone correction?

    jacob katz May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • OMG… it's not Starry AS F**K… it's Starry Auto Focus… omg………

    LindyLooo99 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Don't complain about EVF, just get your nose job done.

    Ziggi Mon May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Can.t get enough of S1H super crisp with great colours and have very organic look.@Chris and Jordan.:what lenses are you using for video on S1H?

    Milan Dzunda May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I don't understand Olympus pricing strategy or sales strategy. Got my G9 with a fantastic Panasonic discount earlier in the year. It was that or an EM-1 mark II, but Olympus keeps its prices high and its discounts low….

    Plasteel1 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Great review

    Michael Wheeler-Wyatt May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Your thumbnail is cool and different

    Brandon Nathan Meagher May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • So that’s what Starry AF stands for. Sounds legit.

    gsansoucie May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Thanks so much for your MFT Content, both great Cameras – but i guess the EM1MK3 is a real killer

    spanksen May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Olympus winning,,, for a so called closed down company

    Harry A May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I love the Olympus… but hell, they came out more than two years after the Pana, and seriously they couldn't innovate more, for what is not 60% more of the price?
    Exactly like the the EM5 III last year, I love the camera but it's just that tiny little bit disappointing :/

    Fabrizio Silveri May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Is VFR on the G9 latest firmware conformed to 23.98fps?

    raredreamfootage May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • "Handheld high res mode, ooh I almost got wet there…" – Nice

    leemr2 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Kasey can have his “Toneh’s”.
    Chris is bringin’ the “Starry AFs!!!”

    Robert J Kral May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Pretty wild that both cameras got their own F Bomb!!!
    Btw Panasonic g85 has auto starry sky focus (I use it)…the g9 doesn’t?

    Awesome video!

    Robert J Kral May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I'm posting for a good friend 🙂

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    Justacat lor May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Finally some m43 love from Chris & Jordan

    Karun Verma May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • The video you shot has a contrasty look. Both cameras. The video this was filmed on is excellent. What camera is that?

    sclogse1 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • All those features are amazing and very useful for many people. Unfortunately for me at this moment, most just get in my way. Too many things to memorize and menu options to wade thru that I don't use. Photography is a hobby for me and a way to slow down. I am enjoying a x-t20 and an canon ftb at the moment.

    What I want is a high build quality camera with great afs, quality basic 1080p video, great ergos, quality viewfinder, wr, easy to manual focus and generally use. Basically a great "base camera" at a reasonable price (enough to cover the build costs + ?% ?). Then go online and pick and choose each upgrade I want to pay for. I am willing to pay a reasonable amount for upgrades available down the line also. Customers can choose to pay say $40 to get the improved AFC or $25 for a new "film simulation" or $50 focus stacking etc etc.. It would cost more than current models if you payed for all the options, but less if you opted for fewer upgrades. Would keep your camera manageable. Bug fixes would be free.

    For people like me, the basic tech has pretty much been good enough for a while. I would like a hq body to keep longer, but with upgradable software for a price.

    Or, at minimum a full on camera, but the ability to make all the options you don't want (or permanently set and forget) be hidden.
    I have had several cameras that were really great for me (pan gx85, Oly em10 m2 among others) but eventually sold them largely due to too many options and menus. M43 noise and af in low light didn't help either.

    Ryan Bielemeier May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I concede my video mistake, it was late and I was getting cranky watching the review 😬. Yes, the G9 indeed has some weaknesses, every camera body does.

    The simple fact remains, they were not comparing Apples to Apples. One body is half again as much as the other. If money were no object we'd all be living as we choose.. would we not?

    For the price, the G9 blows the Oly right out of the water. I have no axe to grind against Olympus. They have been producing fine cameras since my misspent youth.

    As a young man with a commercial studio we all wanted to shoot Hasselblad, but before doing so we shot Zenza Bronica, and Mamiya RB67’s when we could afford them, and the C330 and C220 because they were very good systems and we could not afford a 500C with three Zeiss lenses and 3 backs.

    I shot many a job with a Mamiya C330 because it was A. Great Equipment B. I could afford a set of 3 lenses, and C. I could maintain a C220 and a Rapid Omega as backup cameras all for less than the cost of the single Hasselblad kit with 2 backs and an 80mm lens.

    Point being, money was and is a definite object when outfitting the business, I did not compare price the way I compared image quality.

    We are NOT talking about a cost difference of $25. Or $100. We are talking about a significant amount of initial outlay in cash, with zero bang for the buck.

    1. Image quality being the same,
    2. lens options being the same…
    (and they are, exactly the same)
    one can purchase the G9 with enough cash left over to add a wonderful lens to their kit.

    I would advise anyone with $1600. To spend, to purchase the G9 and ad a lens to their kit. Take the advice of an old man…. Add the lens. more satisfying over the long haul.
    In closing I still feel the reviewer has done a disservice by not starting and ending the review with the wild and unexplainable difference in cost for zero image quality improvement.
    Cheers, Alan

    Alan Roseman May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • 😂 Starry AF 😂😂 I cant stop laughing

    Darren James May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • have 2 Lumix on m4/3 and 4 other lumixes and 3 Olympus. ALL these reviews about features it for "equipment masturbators" I do not care about grip since it's lightweight and nothing about the look (Olympus looks better) it's all about image and image IMHO much better and nicer in LUMIX. its better looking, better dynamic range. and most important Olympus images is soft and when I try ad little bit contrast on postprocessing its turn to be dark I like HDR and it's literally impossible to make a surreal mod in Olympus just vibrant. also, Olympus hate users. menu designed IMHO by diplomated schizophrenic LOL. windows still do not read ORIF mean no preview so it's hard to work when my regular camera walk its 4GB is Lumix and Olympus files together btw orif from ep1 it' OK for windows. trying contact support Olympus answer that it Microsoft problem???? and Microsoft answer that it' Olympus problem. personally me? i believe to Microsoft why they should care if Olympus not care.. only reason to have Olympus it extremely cheap on second-hand market I bought EPL PEN7 and OMD10 both with lens big memory additional batteries and bag for $60 each and ep1 salvation army sell me for #10 for body.. it' no any reason to buy new Olympus for full price. BTW

    Shlomo Levi May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Chris, you are getting out of shape! Thanks for the share though!

    Lawrence Oei May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • C1, C2, and C3 not mentioned or G9

    krillansavillan May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • GH5, GH5s, G9 all had this weeeeeeeeird weight distribution when i held them in the store (with and without lenses). I left with the Olympus. It's a bit of shame because I so wanted to upgrade to Panasonic video features, but well. turned out would stay with Oly after all. The Olympus was just like it was made for my hands, most comfortable camera I ever held. And the weight center is right in the middle.

    Olaf Weyer May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • “F*** Panasonic” lmfao

    Paradigm May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Here in Australia the choice would be easy as the PANASONIC G9 is more than $1000 cheaper, and in fact you can get it with the 12-60mm 2.8-4 lens and have enough left over for a Tenba dna 10 plus some sd cards and a spare battery.

    K Williamson May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Olympus cameras and Zuiko lenses are so much better (unique features, build quality, no shitty dfd, #1 ibis, better support etc). Easy choice.

    Makta972 May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Which camera is best for birds in flight photography?

    Carl Mark May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I got 2 for the price of one! I went with the Panasonic G85 ($700 with 12-60mm) that has most of the features of the G9. Then, I got an Olympus OMD EM-10 MkII ($400 with a 14-40 compact lens) for it's carry around size (great cam for grabbing and putting in your jacket pocket). The IBIS on both is super. For the G85 I get a "flippy" screen, a nice user interface, and it has an excellent built in Time Lapse. On the Olympus I get those awesome Live Composite/Bulb Modes and can edit video and stills INSIDE the camera with the My Clips feature. I also got a featherweight 40-150mm zoom from Olympus for ($99) that I can use on both cameras for long range . I love the M 4/3 from factor and I'm one happy camper. You can't go wrong with either brand in my opinion.

    Paul Michael May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • the G9 are ugly camera

    Vitor Teixeira May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Chris, are you sure that you had on the Olympus eye detect switched on? My Pen-F with the newest firmware 3.1, which came out after the release of the MX-1 and before the release of the 1 Mark III, does a much better job than what was shown in your video for the 1 Mark III.

    Achim Recktenwald May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I've used both Olympus and Panasonic bodies. I've not used an E-M1iii but own a G9. I find the Panasonic interface much more intuitive. What impresses me is how well the G9 has held up in comparison to the newer and more expensive E-M1iii. If someone offered me a choice between the two I'd take the E-M1iii. But I feel no need to upgrade. And I don't feel like I'm using dated technology.

    Bradley Anderson May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • trash cans, sewer outlets in rivers, boring houses, are you trying to shoot the uglyest backgrounds? looks like a communist city!

    ej M May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Do you have the extended footage of what happened at 13:50 ?

    Kent CS May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • "So Fuck'em!"

    Skate Everything Project May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • I’m very happy with my G9/GH5 combo and, enough about cameras, what about that badass rabbit looking to do a Take Down from behind??

    Colin - the camera guy - Ludlow May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • Outside of the AF I do think the G9 is a better camera on the whole. I am speaking as a 'hybrid shooter' and the last big firmware update would sealed the deal for me between the 2 cams. I do love the look of the Olympus but I don't think they are pushing far enough ahead. They missed an opportunity to make some real progression here.

    Screen Fiends May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • $1,000 vs $1,600 for two near-equal cameras.

    mediamannaman May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • As personal experience with the g9 for me is very good and more than enough with my task after 1,5 years using it. And also appreciated to upgrade with Panasonic camera in the future, but hopefully that they gonna produce the light weigh one instead of the very heavy one, will love it so much if they can do all the spec & feature as S1R in the g9 body.

    Madam C Sewing May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
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    both cameras are good but still problems with bad blur focuses / blur depth of fields / contrast brightnesses

    bestamerica May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply
  • 5:10 Squirrel!

    skiffens May 26, 2020 9:08 pm Reply

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