Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M1

83

Olympus OM-D E-M5

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,400k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$808 body only

$1,326 with 12-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,690 - $1,999 body only

$2,099 with 40-150mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$930 - $1,000 body only

$1,199 with 14-42mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$439 - $450 body only

$499 - $500 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$808 body only

$1,326 with 12-50mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 - $498 body only

$579 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

discussion

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Avatar for Pie_t Pie_t (6:38 AM, October 25, 2014)
This site is clearly pro Sony, Jordan. To get a more balanced view you only need to read - at random - any of the other direct comparisons involving any of the OMD cameras. The Sony Alpha a6000 is a great camera on paper, but NO way does is it better than either the EM5 or EM1 in the real world.
 
Avatar for Jordan Taylor Bunch Jordan Taylor Bunch (4:59 AM, January 13, 2014)
I think the ISO data is just pulled out of thin air. I own both of these cameras and the EM-1 has a full stop of improvement at HIGH ISOs because of the new processor. Also, not mentioning wifi in EM-1 is a big oversight.
 
Avatar for waterlooalex waterlooalex (3:40 PM, September 24, 2013)
Thanks Tim, I've fixed that oversight on the RAW capabilities, the site will be updated within a day.
 
Avatar for Tim Schaeffer Tim Schaeffer (2:43 AM, September 24, 2013)
I agree with Decia. Great site. Great concept. And great info - most of the time, but you need to correct your stats ASAP. The new top-of-the-line OMD doesn't shoot RAW? C'mon. Fix this - and more regarding the EM-1 info. It doesn't help your image at all. (no pun intended).
 
Avatar for Decia Bodden Decia Bodden (0:26 AM, September 14, 2013)
I liked your site, but this camera comparison is TERRIBLE! You guys need to do a better research, this isn't accurate at all :(