Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon D300

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Really small
Size
Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1000 shots vs 500 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
51 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.44x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
122×89×43 mm vs 147×114×74 mm
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2.7x smaller
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Weight
Much lighter
425 g vs 925 g
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2.2x lighter
Overall image quality
Better image quality
71.0 vs 67.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$479.00 vs $1,799.98
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The best price we've seen is $1,321 cheaper (3.8x less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
826 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D300Pentaprism
              E-M5Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D3001/8000s
              E-M51/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $971 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Cross type focus points Slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 - $499 body only

              $510 - $599 with 14-42mm 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
              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
              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

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,586 - $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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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