Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony ILCE-5000

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Olympus OM-D E-M5
Sony ILCE-5000

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
9,600 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, however the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 is 60s maximum shutter speed, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a JPEG frame rate of 30fps, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a 25fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (5fps lower).
Vastly larger maximum memory card size Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is an 8GB maximum memory card size digital camera. That's 8GB larger than the Sony ILCE-5000 (unknownGB).
Wider field of view Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a field of view of 100%, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a unknown% field of view digital camera (100% narrower).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a display resolution of 610,000 pixels, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (149,200 pixels lower).
Vastly higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a lens magnification ratio of 1.15x, however the Sony ILCE-5000 is only a unknownx lens magnification ratio digital camera (1.15x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

12 Reasons For
20% higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

3.2MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 20.4MP digital camera. That's 3.2MP more than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (20.4MP).
Vastly bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 3.8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 3.8x bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (3.8x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is an 8x digital zoom digital camera. That's 8x bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (8x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 has a weight of 210g, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 373g digital camera (163g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Shorter Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 62.8mm tall digital camera. That's 26.8mm shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (62.8mm).
18% thinner Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 has a depth of 35.7mm. That's 6.2mm thinner than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (35.7mm).
11% narrower Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 has a width of 109.6mm. That's 11.4mm narrower than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (109.6mm).
420.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a digital camera that takes 420.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 only takes 330.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Vastly bigger image effective megapixels Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 has an image effective megapixels of 20.1MP, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is only a unknownMP image effective megapixels digital camera (20.1MP smaller).
Cheaper by £61
The Sony ILCE-5000 costs £199.00, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is £260.00.
Better selling
The Sony ILCE-5000 ranks No. 3919 by number of sales, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 ranks No. 123066.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
4MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a megapixel count of 16.1MP, whereas the Sony ILCE-5000 is a 20.1MP digital camera (4MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Less total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a total megapixel count of 17.2MP, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is a 20.4MP digital camera (3.2MP more).
44% heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 373g digital camera. That's 163g heavier than the Sony ILCE-5000 (210g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A lot taller Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 is 89.6mm tall, but the Sony ILCE-5000 is a 62.8mm tall digital camera (26.8mm shorter).
6.2mm thicker Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 41.9mm deep digital camera, whereas the Sony ILCE-5000 is a 35.7mm deep digital camera (6.2mm thinner).
11.4mm wider Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 121mm wide digital camera, whereas the Sony ILCE-5000 is a 109.6mm wide digital camera (11.4mm narrower).
Ninety less shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is 330.00, but the Sony ILCE-5000 only takes 420.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£61 more expensive
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is more expensive than the Sony ILCE-5000 by £61.
Worse selling
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 ranks No. 123066 by sales volume, however the Sony ILCE-5000 ranks No. 3919.
5 Reasons Against
60% lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 9,600 lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (16,000).
30s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 30s shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

5fps lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 25fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 5fps lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (25fps).
33% lower display resolution Edit
The Sony ILCE-5000 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 149,200 pixels lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (460,800 pixels).
Older by over one year
The Sony ILCE-5000 is 13 months older than the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
16.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 12416 x 1856
 5456 x 3632
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3872 x 2160
 2736 x 1824
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 12416 x 1856
 5456 x 3632
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3872 x 2160
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5456 x 3632
 5456 x 3632
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixel Count
17.2MP 20.4MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 8x
Focal Length Range
12 - 50 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 100
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
BEST
 Auto
 100
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600
BEST
16,000
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps
BEST
25fps
Video Format
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Maximum Memory Card Size
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
610,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1.15x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
Photo Effect
 Art
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Art
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi-Shot Mode
 Multi-shot mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Trimming
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
TruePic VI Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Underwater
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Underwater
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
373g 210g
BEST
Height
89.6mm 62.8mm
BEST
Depth
41.9mm 35.7mm
BEST
Width
121mm 109.6mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
425g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Shot Per Battery Charge
330 shots 420 shots
BEST
Battery Level Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 32 - 104
Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
30 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
Battery Included
 Battery included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Dust-Resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dust-resistant
Panorama Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama mode
Aperture Priority Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Aperture priority mode
Manual Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shutter priority AE
Colour Temperature
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,500K
Image Effective Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 20.1MP
Display Tilting
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Display tilting
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