Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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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 D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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 D7000

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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
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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 920k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 238 ms vs 277 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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 0.62x vs 0.44x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $639.95 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $159 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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2.3x smaller
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 Significantly lighter 425 g vs 780 g
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Around 50% 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 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 6 fps
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50% 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
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              E-M5:15.9 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D7000:1050 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
              D7000: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
              D7000:780 g
              E-M5:425 g

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Lighter
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              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

              $1,299 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
              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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $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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