Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Size
Really small
Standard size 122x89x43 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 500 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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2.7x smaller
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Weight Much lighter 425 g vs 925 g
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2.2x lighter
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 71.0 vs 67.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $740.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $960 cheaper (2.3x less)
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 12 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D300:1000 shots
              E-M5:500 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D300:Pentaprism
              E-M5:Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D300:$1,699.99
              E-M5:$740.00
              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $783 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $629 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,569 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $654 with 18-200mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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              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

              $1,299 body only

              $1,980 - $2,150 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

              $790 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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