Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Olympus Pen E-P5

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M1

81

Olympus Pen E-P5

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,400k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Pen E-P5

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size
Really small
Mid size (122×69×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

Items often bought with the E-M1 or E-P5

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Olympus Pen E-P5.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M1

Report a correction
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,400k dots vs 1,036k dots
Help
Around 40% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
Help
Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Focus points
More focus points
81 vs 35
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.4 EV
Help
Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
800 ms vs 900 ms
Help
More than 10% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 330 shots
Help
Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Learn more about
the Olympus E-M1

Advantages of the Olympus E-P5

Report a correction
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
122×69×37 mm vs 130×94×63 mm
Help
2.5x smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
895 ISO vs 757 ISO
Help
The E-P5 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 2.5"
Help
More than 40% thinner
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight
Lighter
420 g vs 497 g
Help
Around 20% lighter
Olympus Pen E-P5 Learn more about
the Olympus E-P5
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus OM-D E-M1 81
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        77 Olympus Pen E-P5 Olympus Pen E-P5
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              E-M1800 ms
              E-P5900 ms
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              15.9 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              E-M1Hybrid detection
              E-P5Contrast detection

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,200 body only

              $1,599 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Olympus Pen E-P5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $549 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

              appearance

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus Pen E-P5
              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus Pen E-P5
              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus Pen E-P5

              discussion

              Olympus OM-D E-M1
              OM-D E-M1
              Olympus

              Report a correction
              Olympus Pen E-P5
              Pen E-P5
              Olympus

              Report a correction

              Showing 0 comments