Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

88

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Olympus PEN E-P3

49

Olympus PEN E-P3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 71.0 vs 51.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 3 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Smaller 122x69x34 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 222 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 900 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 369 g vs 425 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $575.02 vs $679.99
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen type OLED screens Help
              Bright and vivid
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-M5:610k dots
              E-P3:614k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $785 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $684 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,960 - $2,150 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 GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 - $809 body only

              $889 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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