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

86

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Nikon 1 V1

53

Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
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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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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 video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Size Smaller 113x76x43 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $599.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (around 30% 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
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
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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
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
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
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1300 ms
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Around 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
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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 Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,200 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 - $597 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

              $747 body only

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,194 - $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $617 with 11-2mm 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

              $970 - $1,399 body only

              $1,770 - $2,200 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 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,288 - $1,299 body only

              $1,698 - $1,699 with 18-55mm 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
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,030 body only

              $1,299 with 17mm lens

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

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