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

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-5 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 207k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.48x) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (143×117×75 mm) vs prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)), is much more expensive ($3,999.09 vs $397.97), is thicker (3" vs 2.7") and is significantly heavier (892 g vs 556 g).

Olympus E-30

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

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

  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (142×108×75 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 665 g vs 892 g

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the E-30 and E-5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus E-520

Olympus E-520
2 years older

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

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Much lighter: 552 g vs 892 g
  • Much thinner: 2.7" vs 3"

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the E-520 and E-5

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

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)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the E-3 and E-5

  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620
1 year older

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

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3"
  • Much lighter: 515 g vs 892 g

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.48x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the E-620 and E-5

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
3 years older

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller: Professional size (135×96×78 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Much lighter: 556 g vs 892 g

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-L10 and E-5

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D60

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

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

  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (126×94×64 mm) vs Professional size (143×117×75 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 3"

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the D60 and E-5

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-5 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out, is slightly smaller (professional size (143×117×75 mm) vs large (146×123×82 mm)), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and is thinner (3" vs 3.1").

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.70x) and takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 22.3 MP).

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)

  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 5 fps
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP

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

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 7D and E-5

  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

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

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

  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Shoots faster: 6.3 fps vs 5 fps

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

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%

common strengths of the 50D and E-5

  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
3 years older

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.57x
  • Much higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much longer battery life: 1800 shots vs 870 shots

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Screen does not flip out

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

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)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D500 and E-5

  • Flip-out screens

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Continuous video focus
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D810 and E-5

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Built-in flashes

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.57x

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

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • No built-in flash

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

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

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 higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a weather sealed body, has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs CCD) and has an external mic jack.

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) and is much more expensive ($3,999.09 vs $242.00).

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
  • Significantly 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
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

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 lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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