Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus E-520

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
135 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
650 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
 

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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
71.0 vs 55.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
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
Size
Smaller
122x89x43 mm vs 136x92x68 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 3.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
826 ISO vs 548 ISO
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The E-M5 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight
Lighter
425 g vs 552 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus E-520

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
135 ms vs 277 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
NMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Battery life
Longer battery life
650 shots vs 500 shots
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30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              E-M5:500 shots
              E-520:650 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              E-M5:Digital
              E-520:Pentamirror
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $560 - $650 body only

              $693 - $750 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm 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

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,068 - $1,399 body only

              $1,600 - $2,199 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

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              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

              $545 body only

              $781 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 17mm 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

              Olympus E-520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus E-410

              Olympus E-410

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $341 body only

              $385 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,296 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Smaller screen

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