Canon EOS 100D vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Canon EOS 100D

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 100D

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Size
Really small
Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 100D

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 70% higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
264 ms vs 277 ms
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
71.0 vs 63.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Size
Smaller
122×89×43 mm vs 117×91×69 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$479.00 vs $595.99
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              100DPentamirror
              E-M5Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 100D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,177 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,200 body only

              $1,599 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              discussion

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              LAN (4:51 PM, October 12, 2013)
              Like the tiltable lcd screen AND the viewfinder - but not sure of the IQ compare to the 100d