Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 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 V1

53

Nikon 1 V1

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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 Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
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 97 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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size Smaller 113x76x43 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $409.99 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $389 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 71.0 vs 54.0
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More than 30% better image quality
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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The E-M5 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the V1
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              E-M5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,080 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $244 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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 - $721 body only

              $780 - $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-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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