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

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8.2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

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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
139×80×37 mm vs 122×89×43 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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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
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
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
  1. 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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Lens availability
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 77 lenses
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More than 40% more lenses available
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 6.7 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
M8.2Rangefinder
E-M5Digital
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
M8.2CCD
E-M5LIVEMOS
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
M8.2230k dots
E-M5610k dots
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
M8.210.4 MP
E-M515.9 MP

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,198 - $1,698 body only

$1,498 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
Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$665 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$759 - $897 body only

$959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,269 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$413 - $497 body only

$489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Leica M8.2 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica M8

Leica M8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

Leica M9

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,555 body only

True resolution Higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Supports continuous shooting
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Ricoh GXR (A12)

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Thickness Much thicker
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$645

Screen size Much larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 body only

$494 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Live view Has live view
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Thickness Slightly thicker

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 - $499 body only

$510 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$750 - $1,299 body only

$1,299 with 60-1mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,299 body only

$1,586 - $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$533 body only

$627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
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

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Leica M8.2 Olympus OM-D E-M5
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