• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 II advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Olympus E-M5 II

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Newer
    20 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    43 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent handling in a compact, weather-sealed body; Crisp, roomy electronic viewfinder; Image quality that can take the fight to APS-C DSLRs; Unique high-res mode lets it bat far above its weight for static scenes; Extremely fast 10 fps burst shooting, Excellent video feature set

  • Control dials are easily bumped; Below-average battery life at default settings; Buffer depths for raw shooters are a bit limited; 16-megapixel sensor resolution feels dated; Weak bundled flash strobe

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX7
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX7
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $524
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M10
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $524
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-PL8
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-PL8
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
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