Compact system cameras market has been gathering pace with more and more great cameras getting released and with lots of features such as HD video, good ISO capabilities, a high dynamic range.
How does the Olympus OM-D E-M5
compare to the Sony NEX 7,
the Pentax K01 and
the Fufi X-Pro 1?
To analyse this set of compact system cameras we will use a matrix to help us out with the comparison of this compact system cameras
|Olympus O-MD E-M5||Sony NEX 7||Pentax K-01||Fuji X-Pro 1||Verdict||Points in termsof decision|
|Sales Price||$999 USD body only||$1199 USD body only||$899.95 USD with lens kit||$1699.95 USD body only||Pentax K-01 wins here||10|
|Body Type||SLR Style Mirrorless||Rangefinder Style Mirrorless||SLR Style Mirrorless||Rangefinder Style Mirrorless||No winner here|
Drive (photos per second)
|9 fps||10 fps||6 fps||6 fps||The Sony NEX 7 winshere||10|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||No||No||No||The Olympus OM-DE-M5 wins here||10|
|Exposure Compensation||±3 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)||±5 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)||±3 EV (at 1/2 EV steps)||±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)||The Sony NEX 7 wins here||10|
|White BalanceBracketing||Yes||No||No||No||The Olympus OM-D wins here||10|
|Image Stabilization||5 axis stabilization||No||No||No||No||10|
|ISO||Auto (200 – 25600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600||Auto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000|| Auto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), Auto (3200),200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600,
2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 (100, 12800, 25600 with boost)
|No clear winners here|
|Number of Pixels||16.1 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||The Sony NEX 7 wins here||10|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3||3:2, 16:9||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9||1:1, 3:2, 16:9||No clear winners here as more amatter of personal
||The Olympus OM-D wins here||10|
|Lens Mount||Micro 4/3 Lens Mount||Sony E Mount||Pentax KAF2 mount||Fujifilm X||No clear winner here though theMicro Four Thirds
mount and Sony E Mounts are the ones that allow more
third party lens to be adapted
|Maximum Resolution||4608 x 3456||6000 x 4000||4928 x 3264||4896 x 3264||The Sony NEX 7 wins here||10|
|Live View in Bulb Mode||Yes||No||No||No||The Olympus OM-D wins here||10|
After this brief comparison of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Sony NEX 7, Pentax K-01 and Fuji XPro-1 let’s see the summary with the total number of points gained by each one of the cameras:
|Olympus OM-D EM-5||Sony NEX 7||Pentax K-01||Fuji X-Pro 1|
So after much debate and comparisons we got a draw here. According to this brief analysis the Olympus OM-D EM-5 gets a draw with the Sony NEX 7 without a clear winner here. So our advice here is for you to either buy a Olympus OM-D EM-5 or a Sony NEX 7 and you will be well served with either of this great compact system cameras.
So if you pose the question “which one is best, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 or the Sony NEX 7 ?” , the answer will not be straightforward as both the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Sony NEX 7 are great cameras so choose the one that suits more to your own preference, budget and lens choice.