Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

88

vs

Olympus OM-D E-M1

85

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,400k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 
Differences | Recommendations | Cast your vote | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

Report a correction
Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
Help
OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 350 shots
Help
More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 130x93x63 mm
Help
Around 40% smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 826 ISO vs 757 ISO
Help
The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $679.99 vs $1,299.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $619 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.7" vs 2.5"
Help
More than 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 425 g vs 497 g
Help
More than 10% lighter
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Learn more about
the Olympus E-M5

Advantages of the Olympus E-M1

Report a correction
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,400k dots vs 610k dots
Help
Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points More focus points 81 vs 35
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.44x
Help
More than 2.5x larger viewfinder
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 800 ms vs 1100 ms
Help
Around 30% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 73.0 vs 71.0
Help
Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 12.3 EV
Help
0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Help
2x faster max shutter speed
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Learn more about
the Olympus E-M1
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus OM-D E-M5 88
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save

        vs

        85 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus OM-D E-M1
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              E-M5:12.3 EV
              E-M1:12.7 EV
              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
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              E-M5:425 g
              E-M1:497 g
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

              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

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 - $809 body only

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

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,968 - $3,300 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $684 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

              appearance

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

              discussion

              Olympus OM-D E-M5
              OM-D E-M5
              Olympus

              Report a correction
              Olympus OM-D E-M1
              OM-D E-M1
              Olympus

              Report a correction

              Showing 4 comments

              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 :(