Updated (August 2012): Compare the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony NEX-5R

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

81

Sony NEX-5N

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 460 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 71.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 122×89×43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 425 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M535
              NEX-5N25
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-M515.9 MP
              NEX-5N16 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $595 body only

              $660 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 - $499 body only

              $526 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 60-1mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,586 - $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $623 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $418 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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