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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
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Size Significantly smaller 122x89x43 mm vs 130x93x63 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.7" vs 2.5"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $799.00 vs $1,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $500 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Lighter 425 g vs 497 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M1

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,400k dots vs 610k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.44x
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More than 2.5x larger viewfinder
Focus points More focus points 81 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 800 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 73.0 vs 71.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              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 You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              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

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              competitors

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              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,499 body only

              $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 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 Much shorter exposures
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 17mm lens

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $748 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

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,200 body only

              $2,398 - $2,400 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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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 :(