Bean counting on size & weight

Very honestly, I am not a bean counter. But here I somehow enjoyed the engineering skills making excellent beautiful high end  cameras so small and light. I asked myself how much more do I have in my pocket if I choose MFT or Fujifilm x-mount system. Here is a comparison:

Camera lens [mm F] W [mm] H [mm] D [mm] Weight [g]
Sony RX100 III Zeiss 8.8-25.7 1.8-2.8 101,6 58,1 41,0 290
Lumix DMC-GM5 no lens 98,5 59,5 36,1 211
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lumix 12-32 3.5-5.6 98,5 59,5 60,1 281
Olympus PEN E-PM2 no lens 110,0 64,0 34,0 225
Olympus PEN E-PM2 Olympus 14-42 3.5-5.6 110,0 64,0 56,5 318
Fujifilm X-M1 no lens 117,0 67,0 39,0 280
Fujifilm X-M1 Fujinon XF 18 2.0 117,0 67,0 72,7 396

The Sony is clearly a pocket camera and offers the smalls Height and Depth with a fixed lens. The Lumix wins the Width dimension and the Olympus offers shortest Depth amongst the interchangeable lenses.  Weight is a clear win for the Lumix. The Fujifilm plays in a different size and weight league.


In the end it is a race between Sony and Lumix. But the above table is not completely fair, as the Sony offers „much more light“ with F=1.8-2.8. Getting this with the Lumix MFT lenses  pays a high price on weight and size:

Camera lens [mm F] W [mm] H [mm] D [mm] Weight [g]
Sony RX100 III Zeiss 8.8-25.7 1.8-2.8 101,6 58,1 41,0 290
Lumix DMC-GM5 no lens 98,5 59,5 36,1 211
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lumix 12-32 3.5-5.6 98,5 59,5 60,1 281
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lumix 12-35 2.8 98,5 59,5 109,9 516
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lumix 14-42 3.5-5.6 98,5 59,5 62,9 306
Lumix DMC-GM5 Olympus 14-42 3.5-5.6 98,5 59,5 58,6 304
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lumix G 20 1.7 98,5 59,5 61,6 298
Lumix DMC-GM5 Lunix G 14 2.5 98,5 59,5 56,6 266
Lumix DMC-GM5 Olympus 25 2.8 98,5 59,5 59,6 306

A comparable Sony/Zeiss lens at MFT is the Lumix 12-35mm F2.8. But it is long and heavy, lifting the weight of the Lumix up to 485g, and the depth of 109,9mm makes it like a big box in your pocket. The fixed focal length pancake lenses both from Lumix and Olympus give a much better pocket feeling. As a compromise I would then choose the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with the Lumix 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 as the standard zoom and pick a fixed focus Lumix G20mm F1.7.

 

Finally, the winners in the competition for smallest and lightest are:

  • Sony RX100 III with fixed mounted Zeiss lens,
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 in the category of exchangeable lens cameras.

Here is a great web-page comparing the two camera sizes also visually.

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