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

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

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
 

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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Low light performance Much 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
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
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 Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $799.00 vs $3,149.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,351 cheaper (3.9x less)
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 Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D700:Pentaprism
              E-M5:Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D700:$3,149.95
              E-M5:$799.00
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              D700:1,074 g
              E-M5:425 g

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 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

              $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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm 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

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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

              $1,521 - $1,600 body only

              $2,025 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $3,797 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              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

              $2,280 body only

              $2,500 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

              $4,594 with 24-120mm 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

              Advantages

              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

              $1,770 - $2,200 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 - $649 body only

              $798 - $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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,288 - $1,299 body only

              $1,689 - $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
              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

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