As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Olympus E-5 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Olympus E-5's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 7D and the EOS 50D) and Olympus (such as the E-30 and the E-520)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30
1 year older
$1,599 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-30 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-30 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-30 and E-5

  • None found

Olympus E-520

Olympus E-520
2 years older

Significant advantages of the E-520 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-520 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-520 and E-5

  • None found

Olympus E-3

Olympus E-3
2 years older
$1,490 14-54mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-3 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-3 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-3 and E-5

  • None found

Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620
1 year older

Significant advantages of the E-620 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-620 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-620 and E-5

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-L10 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-L10 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-L10 and E-5

  • None found

Nikon D60

Nikon D60
2 years older
$398 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D60 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D60 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D60 and E-5

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and E-5

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
2 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and E-5

  • None found

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
3 years older

Significant advantages of the 1Ds Mark III (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1Ds Mark III (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1Ds Mark III and E-5

  • None found

Nikon D500

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

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 and E-5

  • None found

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
3 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the E-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D810 and E-5

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1 year newer
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and E-5

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-5 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has a screen which flips out, has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (870 shots vs 350 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 20.2 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 60 fps) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
1 year newer
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

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

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Continuous video focus

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M5 and E-5

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus OM-D E-M1

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

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the E-5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Continuous video focus

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the E-5)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 870 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M1 and E-5

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
6 years newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the E-5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 5 fps
  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 34 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the E-5)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-5

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3
9 months newer
$450 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Continuous video focus

Significant disadvantages of the E-P3 (vs the E-5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the E-P3 and E-5

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-5 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a weather sealed body, has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is older (september 2010 vs february 2016), is slightly heavier (892 g vs 541 g), is much more expensive ($3,999.09 vs $242.00) and is less popular.

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
5 years newer
$242 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the E-5)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lighter: 541 g vs 892 g

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the E-5)

  • Much shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 870 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and E-5

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 870 shots
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 3"

Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR
1 year older
$1,111

Significant advantages of the S200EXR (vs the E-5)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S200EXR (vs the E-5)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS

common strengths of the S200EXR and E-5

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second