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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
 
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 55.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Viewfinder coverage Much 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
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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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
              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
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $799 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

              $959 - $1,299 body only

              $1,746 - $2,100 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

              $648 - $777 body only

              $798 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
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $1,449 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
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 - $599 body only

              $649 - $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              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 Less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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
              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
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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