Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,400k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Pen E-P5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M1

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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 resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,400k dots vs 1,036k dots
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Around 40% higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points More focus points 81 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 800 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P5

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Much smaller 122x69x37 mm vs 130x93x63 mm
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2.5x smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 895 ISO vs 757 ISO
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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"
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More than 40% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $683.99 vs $1,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $615 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 420 g vs 497 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              E-M1:1,400k dots
              E-P5:1,036k dots
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              E-M1:12.7 EV
              E-P5:12.4 EV
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              E-M1:800 ms
              E-P5:900 ms
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              E-M1:497 g
              E-P5:420 g
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $680 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 body only

              $785 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 - $809 body only

              $889 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              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
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $1,350 with 16225391-32mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $937 body only

              $1,300 - $1,399 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,968 - $3,300 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Olympus Pen E-P5 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $775 body only

              $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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