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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
156 lenses
Great battery life
Battery life
850 shots
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

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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Explore our gallery of 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly 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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$499.00 vs $1,999.50
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The best price we've seen is $1,501 cheaper (4x less)
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
              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
              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
              5D Mark IIPentaprism
              E-M5Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm 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

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,994 body only

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $449 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm 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-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $825 - $1,299 body only

              $1,430 - $2,099 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

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,232 - $1,299 body only

              $1,459 - $1,499 with 18-135mm 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
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,702 with 14-150mm lens

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

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