The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 and the Olympus M 17mm f1.8 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Olympus M 17mm f1.8 is the longer of the two lenses at 36mm. The Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 with a length of 21mm, is 15mm shorter. On the other hand, the Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 has a larger diameter of 75mm compared to the Olympus M 17mm f1.8's 58mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 weighs 45g, which means it is 75g (62%) lighter than the Olympus M 17mm f1.8 which has a weight of 120g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Wideangle Prime Lenses in Micro Four Thirds Mount for size comparison purposes.
Wideangle Prime Lenses in Micro Four Thirds Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 and the Olympus M 17mm f1.8 has the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds lenses are OM System OM-5, Panasonic GH6 and OM System OM-1.
Panasonic 12.5mm / F12 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 13mm which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 26mm when used on a FourThirds format camera. Olympus M 17mm f1.8 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 17mm which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 34mm when used on a FourThirds format camera.