Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

86

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Olympus PEN E-PM2

77

Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
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 PEN E-PM2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 204 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 700 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Smaller 110x64x34 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
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
Lowest price Cheaper $524.54 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $274 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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
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              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 - $699 body only

              $749 - $799 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

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 - $1,299 body only

              $1,770 - $2,155 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,289 - $1,299 body only

              $1,698 - $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
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $1,149 - $1,199 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $602 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Cheaper
              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