Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V1 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

78

Nikon 1 V1

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

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
97 ms shutter lag

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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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 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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
97 ms vs 277 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
More focus points
135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Size
Smaller
113×76×44 mm vs 122×89×43 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
294 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
108 lenses vs 20 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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 6 f-stops better
Startup delay
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V110 MP
              E-M515.9 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              V1Hybrid detection
              E-M5Contrast detection

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly 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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 body only

              $647 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              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

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 60-1mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,280 body only

              $1,599 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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