Leica M-E vs Olympus Pen E-PL5

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Leica M-E
Olympus Pen E-PL5

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
11% higher megapixel count Edit
The Leica M-E is an 18MP digital camera. That's 1.9MP higher than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (16.1MP). 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.

40 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-E is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 40 smaller than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (200).
75% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Leica M-E is a 240s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 180s longer than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (60s). Read more

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

9 Reasons For
Significantly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Leica M-E is only a 2,500 maximum ISO speed digital camera (23,100 lower).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a built-in microphone, but the Leica M-E does not have a built-in microphone.
Larger screen size Edit
Olympus Pen E-PL5 is 3" screen, but the Leica M-E is only a 2.5" screen digital camera (0.5" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a display resolution of 460,000 pixels, however the Leica M-E is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,000 pixels lower).
PictBridge Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 supports PictBridge, but the Leica M-E does not support PictBridge.
HDMI port Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has an HDMI port, however the Leica M-E does not. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Vastly lighter Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 279g digital camera. That's 306g lighter than the Leica M-E (279g). 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.

£2,557 cheaper
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is £2,557.10 cheaper than the Leica M-E.
Available from 2 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-E is a 2,500 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 23,100 lower than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (25,600).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Leica M-E does not have a built-in microphone, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 does.
20% smaller screen size Edit
The Leica M-E has a screen size of 2.5". That's 0.5" smaller than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

230,000 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Leica M-E is a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 230,000 pixels lower than the Olympus Pen E-PL5 (460,000 pixels).
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Leica M-E does not support PictBridge, but the Olympus Pen E-PL5 supports PictBridge.
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Leica M-E does not have an HDMI port, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

306g heavier Edit
The Leica M-E has a weight of 585g, whereas the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a 279g digital camera (306g lighter). 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.

More expensive by £2,557
The Leica M-E is £2,557.10 more expensive than the Olympus Pen E-PL5.
Not as many stockists
The Leica M-E is only stocked by 3 retailers, however the Olympus Pen E-PL5 is stocked by 5 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
4 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a megapixel count of 16.1MP, but the Leica M-E is an 18MP digital camera (1.9MP 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.

20% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a minimum ISO speed of 200, however the Leica M-E is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera (40 smaller).
Three times shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60s, however the Leica M-E is a 240s maximum shutter speed digital camera (180s longer). Read more

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

Over one year older
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is older than the Leica M-E by 14 months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
18MP
BEST
16.1MP
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5212 x 3472
BEST
 5212 x 3472
Image Format
 JPG
 DNG
BEST
 JPG
 DNG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 17.2MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
 4/3
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette

Lens System

Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Leica M
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
BEST
Focus
 Manual
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 50
 160
 250
 500
 2500
 25
 200
 1600
 25600
 Auto
 50
 160
 250
 500
 2500
 25
 200
 1600
 25600
Maximum ISO Speed
2,500 25,600
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
160
BEST
200
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
240s
BEST
60s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Format
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MOV
 M-JPEG
BEST
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
BEST
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
2.5" 3"
BEST
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 460,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.68x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
BEST
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer
2,12 2,12
Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Calendar
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
1,000ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-0.5 - 0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
On Screen Display Language
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 FIN
 LIT
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 FIN
 LIT
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
585g 279g
BEST
Height
80mm 63.7mm
Depth
37mm 38.2mm
Width
139mm 110.5mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 325g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data BLS-5
Battery Capacity
1,860mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Adobe Lightroom Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
Panorama Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama mode
Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/4000 - 60
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