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

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M1

81

Olympus OM-D E-M5

78

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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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

$1,658 with 14-150mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$772 - $998 body only

$1,503 - $2,296 with 12-35mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$921 - $1,299 body only

$1,399 - $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Size Smaller
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$430 - $549 body only

$449 - $600 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,658 with 14-150mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$598 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
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 :(