Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

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
 
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life Much 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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 71.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 152 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 4x more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% 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
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
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.44x
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More than 2.5x larger viewfinder
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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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 Much smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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3x smaller
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Weight Much lighter 425 g vs 1,074 g
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2.5x lighter
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
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 2 f-stops better
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
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
        D700:1000 shots
        E-M5:500 shots
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        D700:23.5 bits
        E-M5:22.8 bits
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        D700: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
        D700:1,074 g
        E-M5:425 g

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,150 - $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 - $2,298 body only

        $1,800 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,422 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,180 - $2,199 body only

        $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Cross type focus points Slightly fewer cross-type focus points

        Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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

        $1,099 - $1,399 body only

        $1,820 - $2,130 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

        $598 body only

        $748 - $810 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
        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $1,299 with 17mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Fujifilm X-T1

        Fujifilm X-T1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,288 - $1,299 body only

        $1,698 - $1,699 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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