Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Leica M8.2

Olympus OM-D E-M5
Leica M8.2

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8.2

Size
Really small
Mid size 139x80x37 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

differences

Advantages of the Leica M8.2

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Rangefinder vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Size
Slightly smaller
139x80x37 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 10.4 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Supports continuous shooting
9 fps vs None
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Allows taking many pictures in rapid succession
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 2,500 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 3.4 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Weight
Lighter
425 g vs 591 g
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Around 30% lighter
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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
M8.2:Rangefinder
E-M5:Digital
Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
M8.2:CCD
E-M5:LIVEMOS
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
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
M8.2:230k dots
E-M5:610k dots
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
M8.2:10.4 MP
E-M5:15.9 MP

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,298 - $1,698 body only

$1,500 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$461 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Boutique

$887

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$684 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$856 - $999 body only

$1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$999 - $1,000 body only

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

Leica M8.2 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica M8

Leica M8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Continuous shooting Supports continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
Leica M9

Leica M9

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Supports continuous shooting
Leica X1

Leica X1

Boutique

$1,480

Screen size Larger screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Placeholder

Ricoh GXR (A12)

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Thickness Much thicker
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$645

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$475 - $700 body only

$600 - $800 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

$1,030 - $1,399 body only

$1,565 - $2,199 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

$649 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
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
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,499 body only

$3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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