Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Olympus E-520

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

45

Olympus E-520

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer 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

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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 E-520.

competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 - $549 body only

$525 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,678 with 14-150mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$728 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Olympus E-520 Competitors

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,393 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen size Much smaller screen
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Olympus E-510

Olympus E-510

Entry-level DSLR

$226 body only

Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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