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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $679.99 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 71.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 826 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 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 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.3 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 277 ms
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Around 20% 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
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 425 g
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Around 20% 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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              E-M5:500 shots
              NEX-7:430 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              E-M5:12.3 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-M5:35
              NEX-7:25

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

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              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,980 - $2,150 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
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $684 body only

              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

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              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $582 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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              Avatar for forgewire forgewire (3:37 PM, June 19, 2013)
              Good luck with it! All these points are nonsense. They should compare the whole system including lenses and after that they should see that OMD smoke NEX big time!

              I bit these rubbish reviews myself and bought NEX5N and NEX6 only to sent these rubbish cameras back and get Oly and never look back.

              Sony is a rubbish brand, check my video:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-I1sVYFKKk
               
              kathleen (5:30 AM, May 28, 2013)
              but the nex 7 point is 90 and omd is 89..the nex 7 is a little bit higher..
              thats it im gonna pick nex 7 :D..what do you guys think?
               
              Avatar for عبدالله المعوشرجي عبدالله المعوشرجي (5:03 PM, July 06, 2012)
              There's one advantage for the NEX-7 that's not mentioned here, that it's.. AVAiLABLE! the OM-D is always out of stock or is only available wt prices significantly higher than the suggested retail price. This is a temporary advantage though.
               
              Kibberlasen (5:06 PM, May 10, 2012)
              I was going for the Nex-7, and in some ways (not all)  it is the best camera, but reading different forums it is also a dust magnet, and I have had enough of that, so I go for the Olympus.

              The Olympus has also better AF, they have the best anti-dust system, and it is weather sealed, so the dust-problem of the Nex-7 does it for me - there are reports that even NOT shifted lenses it sucks dust (perhaps the missing weather sealing ?), and even I do know how to clean it I would rather use my time better.