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

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

86

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Sony NEX-5N

81

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     
 

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 NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
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 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 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Battery life 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $799.00 vs $889.99
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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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 920k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Significantly 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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              E-M5:500 shots
              NEX-5N:460 shots
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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-M5:35
              NEX-5N:25

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $760 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $311 with 22mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $950 body only

              $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              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

              $1,399 body only

              $1,889 - $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

              $1,288 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $705 body only

              $798 with 14-42mm 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 Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $999 body only

              $880 - $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
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,026 - $1,069 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $598 with 16mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

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

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