Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Size
Really small
Standard size 122x89x43 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 71.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 4x more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the E-M5
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 206 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.44x
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More than 2.5x larger viewfinder
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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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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2.8x smaller
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Weight Much lighter 425 g vs 850 g
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2x lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Much cheaper $799.00 vs $2,595.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,796 cheaper (3.2x less)
Focus points More focus points 35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              5D Mark II:21 MP
              E-M5:15.9 MP
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              5D Mark II:850 shots
              E-M5:500 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              E-M5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5D Mark II:Pentaprism
              E-M5:Digital
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark II:$2,595.00
              E-M5:$799.00
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark II:850 g
              E-M5:425 g

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $847 with 75-300mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS Has a GPS
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,100 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 - $1,399 body only

              $1,810 - $2,100 with 12-40mm 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $748 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $731 body only

              $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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