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.
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What about the 10 points to the em5 for the 5way stabiliser.
Olympus wins by 10
Also the ev step range of the em5 is better although the overall range is smaller. That make the nex the looser as the amount of change is more controlable in a usage factor. olympus wins by 30.
But its marketing specs and does not ibnclude far better lenses and range of lenses on the e-m5.
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is a great camera, one of the best in market. Review gave same points to each feature to make comparison easier as not all have the same importance to each photographer, therefore we gave same weight to each feature to make comparison easier.