Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Olympus Pen E-P5

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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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Pen E-P5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-M1

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,400k dots vs 1,036k dots
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Around 40% higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 Much thinner 1.5" vs 2.5"
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More than 40% thinner
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
Lowest price Cheaper $866.14 vs $1,068.00
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The best price we've seen is $202 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              E-M1:800 ms
              E-P5:900 ms
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $699 body only

              $749 - $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 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 Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $1,698 body only

              $2,696 - $2,698 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $639 - $698 body only

              $746 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-E2

              Fujifilm X-E2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,298 body only

              $1,099 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 Much shorter exposures

              Olympus OM-D E-M1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,499 body only

              $1,598 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm 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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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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