Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
2% higher megapixel Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.3MP digital camera. That's 0.2MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (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.

800.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has 800.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II only has 81.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
1,400 smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 1,400 smaller than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (1,600).
90% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 933,300 pixels higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (103,700 pixels).
Hugely better user reviews
Based on 2 user reviews, the average review score of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 100%, but the average rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 20% (based on 1 review).
7 Reasons For
Slightly more total megapixels Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a total megapixels of 17.2MP, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is only a 16.8MP digital camera (0.4MP less).
A lot higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 60fps JPEG frame rate, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
Lighter Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 417g digital camera. That's 26g lighter than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (417g). 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.

Four hundred and twenty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 750.00, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

£110 cheaper
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II costs £110 less than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Available from 2 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
More popular
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 10353 by sales volume in our digital cameras, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ranks No. 89945.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
3% less total megapixels Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.8MP digital camera. That's 0.4MP less than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (17.2MP).
30fps lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (60fps).
Slightly heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a weight of 443g, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 417g digital camera (26g 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.

Only 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a digital camera that takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II only takes 750.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

More expensive by £110
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is £110 more expensive than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
Not as many stockists
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is only stocked by 11 shops, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is stocked by 13 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by eight months
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is eight months older than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
Less popular
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 89945 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ranks No. 10353.
5 Reasons Against
Moderately lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a megapixel of 16.1MP, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.3MP digital camera (0.2MP 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.

Seven hundred and nineteen less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an 81.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only has 800.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Hugely bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 1,600 minimum ISO speed, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera (1,400 smaller).
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is only 103,700 pixels display resolution, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (933,300 pixels higher).
Vastly Lower user review Score
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II's average user rating is only 20%, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1's is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.3MP
BEST
16.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 Live MOS
 Live MOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 EXIF
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 EXIF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixels
16.8MP 17.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
 4/3

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Plastic
 Magnesium
 Plastic
Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dustproof

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 22
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 84mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 24mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 14 - 42
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 15/11
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 37mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.2m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
800
BEST
81
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
 64
 80
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
 64
 80
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200
BEST
1,600
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s 60s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash off
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash off
Flash Guide Number
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 M-JPEG
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 M-JPEG
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
103,700 pixels

Viewfinder

Magnification
1.48x 1.48x
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 Electronic
BEST
 electrical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Sunny
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Sunny
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Sepia
 Sepia
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 PRINT Image Matching III
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 PRINT Image Matching III
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII TruePic VII
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
4 - 2 -6 - -2
Eye Relief
21mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 3D Photography
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 3D Photography
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
443g 417g
BEST
Height
93.5mm 85mm
Depth
63.1mm 44.5mm
Width
130.4mm 123.7mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 93g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 22.5mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 60.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
497g 496g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BLN‑1
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots 750 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 10 - 90
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
30 - 90 30 - 90
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 10 - 90
Operating Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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