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Panasonic vs Olympus Quality, Help Required

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Thomas Keidan, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. Thomas Keidan

    Thomas Keidan Well-Known Member

    I have been reading a lot about the Lumix GX85 and the Olympus OMD EM-10 Mark II to purchase as my first camera. From my reading it seems as if the JPEG colour profile of the Oly is more desirable than the Lumix but despite this I still prefer the lumix due to it's more accessible layout/shape for travelling and the type of photography i'm interested in (i'm interested in street, urban and night photography). Can anyone speak for the JPEG quality of the GX85 and how it differs from the Oly? Another question I have is that if I am to get the GX85 I would almost definitely get the 20mm 1.7 Zuiko lens to go with it... would this make any difference to the JPEG profile at all over the Olympus? Thanks!
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Isn't this a duplicate of a question asked just a few days ago?
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I don't know the cameras but you can usually make quite some adjustment to the jpg settings if you don't like the default "standard". The lens won't make any difference to the jpg profile. Cameras these days may well apply digital corrections for a connected lens - so the camera may "do things" to reduce lens distortion as per of producing a jpg.

    What is it that the reviewers say is "more desirable" about the jpg ? I've never heard that term used and it doesn't mean much to me. The variations you can usually control are contrast, saturation and sharpness. Cameras usually give you some choices of colour palette dressed up as modes, for example, landscape, standard, portrait and natural. I use descriptive words - Fuji for example describes them in terms of its film-types and you'd have to know that "Velvia" was often used for landscape because of the way it rendered blues and greens.
  4. Thomas Keidan

    Thomas Keidan Well-Known Member


    Reviews say olympus provides more warmth/saturation in it's JPEGs whereas Panasonic is considerably more cool!
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I expect you'd be hard pushed to notice unless you had them side by side. I'm not going to read through the manuals to make sure what controls the cameras have but I'd be surprised if you couldn't tune the default jpg settings either way.

    I don't use jpgs but when processing my raw files I reckon on balance that I "cool" more often than I "warm" from the auto white balance.

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