Olympus has recently announced a new addition to their OM-D line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Olympus OM-D E-M10. At first it was thought that the OM-D E-M10 would be replacing the E-M5. However, Olympus intends to keep all three models in their OM-D line of Micro Four Thirds cameras.
In this blog post, I will compare the three Olympus OM-D models and tell you why you might select one over another. There is also a table near the bottom of the blog post that compares the key features of the OM-D line of cameras.
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 sits at the top of the OM-D line of cameras. It is the biggest of the cameras, has the most features, and the highest specifications. The OM-D E-M1 also has many configurable dials and buttons giving the camera a more professional feel. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has the best weather proofing of the 3 OM-D cameras with splash, dust, and freeze resistance.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
When you compare the E-M5 to the E-M10, it starts to get more confusing. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is an older camera so it has the older version of the TruePIC image processor. However, it does have splash and dust weather proofing while the new E-M10 does not have any weather proofing. So if you need weather proofing, that limits your choices to the E-M1 and E-M5. The E-M5 also has 5-axis image stabilization like the E-M1 while the OM-D E-M10 only has 3-axis image stabilization.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
The new E-M10 has some of the new features that are present in the flagship E-M1 camera such as built-in WiFi and Timelapse Recording. It also has some of the higher specifications that are found in the E-M1 but not in the E-M5. For example the E-M1 and E-M10 have 81 focus points while the E-M5 only has 35. The OM-D E-M10 also has a higher resolution LCD screen than the E-M5 with 1,037,000 screen pixels. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is also a bit smaller and lighter than the EM-5.
If you don’t need weather proofing on your camera and want some of the newer features found in the E-M1, you might want to take a look at the Olympus OM-D E-M10.
Olympus OM-D Camera Specification Comparison
|Image Processor||TruePIC VII||TruePIC VI||TruePIC VII|
|Megapixels||17 MP||16.9 MP||17 MP|
|Sensor||4/3″ Live MOS Sensor||4/3″ Live MOS Sensor||4/3″ Live MOS Sensor|
|ISO Range||100 – 25600||200 – 25600||200 – 25600|
|WiFi||Built-in 802.11b/g/n||None||Built-in 802.11b/g/n|
|3.0-inch articulated LCD 1,037,000 screen pixels||3.0-inch articulated LCD, 610,000 screen pixels||3.0-inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels|
|Shutter Frames Per Second Continuous||10 FPS||9 FPS||8 FPS|
|Shutter Speed||60 – 1/8000 sec||60 – 1/4000 sec||60 – 1/4000 sec|
|Image Stabilization||5 axis||5 axis||3 axis|
|Weight (incl. battery)||17.3 oz / 497g||14.99 oz / 425g||13.97 oz / 396g|
|Size||130 x 94 x 63mm / 5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48 in.||122 x 89 x 43mm / 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69 in.||119 x 82 x 46mm / 4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81 in.|
|Weather Proofing||Advanced (dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c||Yes (dust, splash)||No|
|Battery||BL-1 lithium-ion||BL-1 lithium-ion||BLS-5 lithium-ion|
|Other Features||Timelapse Recording, Focus Peaking||Timelapse Recording, Built-in flash, Focus Peaking|