Operation & handling
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Operation & handling

If there's any category that comes down to personal preference more than anything else, it's this one. The G9 is a larger, slightly more DSLR-shaped camera. It offers a top panel status LCD, which is quite rare in its class. Both cameras are weather-resistant, highly customizable, and provide those lovely aforementioned flip-out LCDs.

Here's where we'd strongly encourage you to get to your local camera shop, hold both of these cameras in your hands and see which one feels better. Some of the DPR staff find Olympus cameras onerous to set up and prefer Panasonic's Quick Menu screens. Some of us love Olympus' interface and consider that it's worth the trouble setting it up. To each their own.