Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

85

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Nikon 1 J1

49

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 277 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Significantly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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2.4x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 277 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $249.99 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $549 cheaper (3.2x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The E-M5 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
Startup delay Less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              E-M5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              E-M5:610k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $579 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $180 - $199 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 11-2mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              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 - $1,399 body only

              $1,820 - $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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $648 body only

              $748 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $731 body only

              $798 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-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,899 with 18-135mm 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

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