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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Olympus E-520

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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 flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 55.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 Significantly 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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Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 135 ms vs 277 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor NMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        E-M5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        E-520:Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        E-M5:Digital
        E-520:Pentamirror
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        60 seconds
        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        E-M5:425 g
        E-520:552 g

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 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

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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 Much higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,299 - $1,399 body only

        $1,884 - $2,130 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 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Fujifilm X-T1

        Fujifilm X-T1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,288 - $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
        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Olympus Pen E-P5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $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

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus E-510

        Olympus E-510

        Entry-level DSLR

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Olympus E-620

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Slightly smaller
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Placeholder

        Olympus E-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        Weight Lighter
        Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Olympus E-420

        Olympus E-420

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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