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
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8.2

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (2x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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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
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 size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
M8.2Rangefinder
E-M5Digital
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
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
M8.2CCD
E-M5LIVEMOS
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
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX-7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$580 body only

$498 - $594 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$800 - $896 body only

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1

Entry-level DSLR

$399 - $549 body only

$499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger

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

$5,238 body only

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Supports continuous shooting
Lowest price Much more expensive
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

Boutique

$2,798 - $2,800

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Autofocus Video autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
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

Nikon D2X

Pro DSLR

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier

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

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,149 - $1,299 body only

$1,460 - $1,500 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
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 - $1,698 body only

$1,298 with 28-70mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Autofocus Faster video autofocus
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

$1,681 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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