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

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

79

Olympus PEN E-PM2

73

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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
204 ms shutter lag
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

$499 - $649 body only

$399 - $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

$403 with 12-40mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$899 body only

$1,200 - $1,299 with 12-40mm lens

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

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 - $649 body only

$399 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 body only

$428 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$349 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weight Slightly heavier

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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