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

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M1

100

Olympus OM-D E-M5

97

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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
800 ms startup delay
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
Size
Really small
Standard size (122×89×43 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.7"

galleries

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competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$867 body only

$1,138 with 12-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,530 - $1,799 body only

$1,899 with 40-150mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,190 - $1,298 body only

$1,430 - $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Touch screen No touch screen

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 - $499 body only

$499 - $549 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$867 body only

$1,138 with 12-50mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$521 body only

$539 - $598 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
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 :(