As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Olympus OM-D E-M5's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the OM-D E-M5 II and the OM-D E-M10) and Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-M5 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (610k dots vs 1,400k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.44x vs 0.71x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and has slightly fewer focus points (35 vs 425).

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
3 years newer
$826 (body only)
$1,058 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 II (vs the E-M5)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 610k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.44x

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 II (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the E-M5 II and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$380 - $449 (body only)
$390 - $499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M10 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 610k dots
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No weather sealing
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the E-M10 and E-M5

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×82×46 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the E-M5)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 610k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the E-M5)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 610k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.44x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs LIVEMOS

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Thicker: 2.5" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the E-M1 and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the E-M5)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 610k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.44x

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No weather sealing
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the E-M10 II and E-M5

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Standard size (120×83×47 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.7"

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
2 years newer
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs LIVEMOS

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the E-M5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the X-T1 and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-M5 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 5.3 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (610k dots vs 2,359k dots), much smaller viewfinder (0.44x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 20.7 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 35

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.7"
  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)

common strengths of the D500 and E-M5

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $510.99

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
5 months older
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.44x
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 9 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.7"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SLT A77 and E-M5

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 9 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
3 years older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the E-M5)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.44x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and E-M5

  • None found

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
3 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the E-M5)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.44x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the D700 and E-M5

  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $510.99

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the E-M5)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 610k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.44x

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Shoots much slower: 5.3 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the 60D and E-M5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $510.99

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-M5 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 4 fps).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (610k dots vs 920k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.44x vs 0.57x), takes much lower resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has much more startup delay (1100 ms vs 500 ms).

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
10 months older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 610k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the E-M5)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the D5100 and E-M5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus E-520

Olympus E-520
3 years older

Significant advantages of the E-520 (vs the E-M5)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: NMOS vs LIVEMOS
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the E-520 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 610k dots

common strengths of the E-520 and E-M5

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.7"
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 610k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the E-M5)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the T3i and E-M5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
similar age
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 610k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the E-M5)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the D3200 and E-M5

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the E-M5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Standard size (122×89×43 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 35

Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5
1 year older
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-5 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.57x vs 0.44x

Significant disadvantages of the E-5 (vs the E-M5)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the E-5 and E-M5

  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-M5 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, has a screen which flips out and has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a significantly lower resolution screen (610k dots vs 1,229k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and has a CCD-family sensor (LIVEMOS vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
1 year newer
$798 - $1,097

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the E-M5)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs LIVEMOS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 and E-M5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 420 shots vs 500 shots
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the E-M5)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and E-M5

  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 500 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the E-M5)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 610k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs LIVEMOS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the E-M5)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 500 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and E-M5

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 500 shots