Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon D700 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Nikon D700 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Nikon D700

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
Great battery life
Battery life
1000 shots
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

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

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D700

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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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 71.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality: 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the E-M5
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
More lenses available
171 lenses vs 108 lenses
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Around 60% more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% 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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
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
0.72x vs 0.44x
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More than 2.5x 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
Much smaller
122×89×43 mm vs 147×123×77 mm
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3x 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
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 1,074 g
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2.5x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 5 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$479.00 vs $2,739.79
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The best price we've seen is $2,261 cheaper (5.7x less)
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
              D700Pentaprism
              E-M5Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D7001/8000s
              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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 - $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,781 with 24-85mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $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

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,177 with 12-50mm 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-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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,280 body only

              $1,599 - $1,600 with 18-55mm 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-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points More focus points
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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              Nikon D700 Olympus OM-D E-M5

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