• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Advantages

Olympus E-M1 over Nikon V2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    0.80 vs 2.10 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    14 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon V2 over Olympus E-M1

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.072 vs 0.139 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
Nikon V2
Olympus E-M5
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • 60p
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic G6

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic G6
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • 24p
Nikon V2
Panasonic G6
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GX7
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • External Mic
  • $484
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • 24p
Nikon V2
Panasonic GX7
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Less shutter lag
  • $484
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GM1
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • Thinner
Nikon V2
Panasonic GM1
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M10
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
Nikon V2
Olympus E-M10
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • 60p
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
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