Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Olympus PEN E-PM2

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Size
Really small
Compact 110x64x34 mm
 
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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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 204 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 700 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 110x64x34 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 932 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The PEN E-PM2 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Significantly lighter 269 g vs 425 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        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
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        35
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        E-M5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        PEN E-PM2:Four thirds 17.3x13.3mm
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        E-M5:610k dots
        PEN E-PM2:460k dots

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus OM-D E-M10

        Olympus OM-D E-M10

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $649 body only

        $749 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
        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
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $880 - $1,149 with 17mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Fujifilm X-M1

        Fujifilm X-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 body only

        $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,299 body only

        $1,790 - $2,100 with 12-40mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $698 - $721 body only

        $780 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Fujifilm X-E2

        Fujifilm X-E2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Fujifilm X-T1

        Fujifilm X-T1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,299 body only

        $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $575 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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