Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

80

Olympus PEN E-PM2

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Size
Really small
Compact (110×64×34 mm)
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
269 g

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 PEN E-PM2.

competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$479 - $549 body only

$400 - $599 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

$1,062 body only

$1,256 with 12-50mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$999 - $1,099 body only

$1,000 with 12-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$1,097 - $1,099 body only

$1,600 with 18-135mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Much larger
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$510 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Better color depth
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$360 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion

Olympus OM-D E-M5
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Olympus PEN E-PM2
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svenlovesflo (9:45 PM, February 26, 2013)
the E-PM2 goes for 499 on Amazon...with the kit lens...so it is considerably cheaper than the OM-D...I do not need the weather sealed camera...though it is quite nice to have...outside of that and the 5 axis image stabilization of the OM-D these cameras give fairly similar results...for me...the E-PM2 gives me the greater bang for the buck