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

88

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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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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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
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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.99 vs $740.00
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The best price we've seen is $540 cheaper (3.7x less)
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Weight Significantly lighter 277 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
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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
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 71.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Startup delay Less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Longest exposure 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

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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