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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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8.2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 27.0x18.0mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Leica M8.2

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Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 27.0x18.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 2x larger sensor
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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
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 Significantly lighter 425 g vs 591 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 38 lenses
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Around 10% more lenses available
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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
M8.2:Rangefinder
E-M5:Digital
Lens availability Many lenses available Help
M8.2:38 lenses
E-M5:40 lenses
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
M8.2:CCD
E-M5:LIVEMOS
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Weight Heavy Help
M8.2:591 g
E-M5:425 g
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

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 body only

$798 - $799 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
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,199 - $1,499 body only

$1,899 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 body only

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,498 - $2,298 body only

$1,770 - $1,798 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
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$699 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$899 - $1,000 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
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX-7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,052 body only

$1,080 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
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Leica M8.2 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica M8

Leica M8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
Continuous shooting Supports continuous shooting
Leica M9

Leica M9

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,880 body only

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
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Ricoh GXR (A12)

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Thickness Much thicker
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Boutique

$651 - $697

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D

Pro DSLR

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Live view Has live view
Size Much larger
Sensor size Smaller sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$649 body only

$749 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

$1,790 - $2,100 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
Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$999 body only

$880 - $1,299 with 17mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$698 body only

$748 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 body only

$1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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