Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Size
Really small
Standard size 122x89x43 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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 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
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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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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 71.0 vs 67.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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 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
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        D300:1000 shots
        E-M5:500 shots
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        D300:Pentaprism
        E-M5:Digital
        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        D300:925 g
        E-M5:425 g

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $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 Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 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

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Built-in 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

        $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

        $1,299 body only

        $1,790 - $2,100 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 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $698 - $721 body only

        $780 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Fujifilm X-E2

        Fujifilm X-E2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $1,099 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

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