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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 2000 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Lens availability More lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 71.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,018 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points More focus points 99 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.44x
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More than 2.5x larger viewfinder
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Size Smaller 120x67x43 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 257 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $399.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 body only

              $1,140 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 - $1,399 body only

              $1,770 - $2,200 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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,289 - $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 - $1,299 body only

              $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
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $455 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $567 - $1,067 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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              Miggs (0:04 PM, September 06, 2013)
              the olympus sensor is made by sony (the irony of it all).
              while micro43 is a solid photo offering, it will never beat the dynamic range, color rendition, or low light performance of an APS-C, especially one made by the same company....
               
              wil (0:40 PM, June 05, 2013)
              do both cameras have sweep panorama function
               
              Dave (10:38 AM, March 10, 2013)
              James is correct on this, I own an NEX 6, and the autofocus is slightly faster than the NEX 5, and even the NEX 7, but the OM-D is faster and more accurate in every lighting condition that I have tried. In bright light it is only a little faster, but in low light, it can be much, much faster. There are relative advantages of the NEX 6, of course, but fast AF is not one of them.
               
              David (3:28 PM, February 05, 2013)
              That is absolutely correct. Plus the rendition of phase AF that SOny is using, turns off phase AF in low liight so its advantage is only there for continuous AF shooting in good light. That's it.
               
              James (10:06 PM, January 26, 2013)
              Ok phase detect AF is NOT faster than contrast detect AF. They're different systems, but in this case, the OM-D is WAY WAY WAY faster than the NEX 6. Not even close. Please change that or get rid of it, because saying the NEX 6 has faster AF because of its gimmicky "phase AF" is stupid and misleading.