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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8.2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 27.0x18.0mm
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
38 lenses
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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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Lowest price Much cheaper $740.00 vs $6,999.99
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The best price we've seen is $6,260 cheaper (9.5x less)
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 Significantly 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
Weight Significantly lighter 425 g vs 591 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
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
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
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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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$493 - $748 body only

$668 - $898 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
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX-7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$815 body only

$979 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
Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 body only

$799 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,299 body only

$1,699 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$869

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger

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

$7,000 body only

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Leica X2

Leica X2

Boutique

$203 - $1,749

Lowest price Much cheaper
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

$575 body only

$546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Leica X1

Leica X1

Boutique

$1,850

Lowest price Much cheaper
Screen size Larger screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$699 body only

$799 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

$1,359 - $1,399 body only

$1,980 - $2,270 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
Panasonic GX7

Panasonic GX7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$745 - $809 body only

$925 - $1,098 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
Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$644 body only

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

appearance

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