Olympus Pen E-P5 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Pen E-P5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,036k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Olympus Pen E-P5.
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differences

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 2000 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,036k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
More lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
196 ms vs 257 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
122×69×37 mm vs 120×67×43 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points
More focus points
99 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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,018 ISO vs 895 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
287 g vs 420 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$499.00 vs $678.85
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P515.9 MP
              NEX-616 MP
              Autofocus Slower hybrid detection autofocus Help
              E-P5Contrast detection
              NEX-6Hybrid detection

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $599 body only

              $539 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              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 - $899 body only

              $499 - $1,140 with 14-42mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              $536 - $548 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus Pen E-P5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 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-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 - $548 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External flash No external flash support
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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