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
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
204 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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

$449 body only

$465 - $499 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,121 body only

$1,351 with 12-50mm lens

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

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$367 body only

$299 with 14-42mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 body only

$499 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 with 14-42mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
3D Takes 3D photos
Thickness Slightly thicker

discussion

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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