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

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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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 
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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
Low light performance Significantly 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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 206 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Weight Much lighter 425 g vs 850 g
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2x lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $679.99 vs $3,120.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,440 cheaper (4.6x less)
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
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
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              5D Mark II:23.7 bits
              E-M5:22.8 bits
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              5D Mark II:850 shots
              E-M5:500 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5D Mark II:Pentaprism
              E-M5:Digital
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              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

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,049 body only

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              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

              $699 body only

              $799 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 body only

              $1,980 - $2,150 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
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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