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 122x89x43 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
205 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
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly 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 type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points
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
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size
Significantly smaller
122x89x43 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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2.7x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
Slightly 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 3 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$549.99 vs $1,649.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,099 cheaper (3x less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 12 EV
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0.3 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
              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm 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

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $657 - $697 body only

              $580 - $797 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 body only

              $939 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 D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,800 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,039 - $1,197 body only

              $1,289 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $455 - $599 body only

              $585 - $699 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

              $900 - $1,299 body only

              $1,450 - $2,099 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

              $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

              $1,232 - $1,299 body only

              $1,498 - $1,500 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
              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

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