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

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

100

Olympus PEN E-PM2

94

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

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
932 ISO
Size
Really small
Compact (110×64×34 mm)
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

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

$439 - $650 body only

$540 - $700 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

$2,203 with 12-40mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

$649 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$750 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$389 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weight Heavier

discussion

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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