Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony NEX 7

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96

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
OLED Screen
Screen type
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
223 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)

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 Sony NEX-7.

competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$549 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,138 body only

$1,977 with 12-40mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
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Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,199 body only

$2,300 with 12-40mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points More focus points
Size Larger
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Sony NEX 7n

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$898 body only

$880 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Battery life Shorter battery life

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Avatar for Nizmo Nizmo (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.