• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 advantages over Leica T (Typ 701)

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica T (Typ 701) advantages over Olympus E-M5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.77 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,082 vs 826 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 43 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Attractive body design; Well-built, weather-sealed body; Excellent image quality; Excellent image stabilization; Very fast autofocus.

  • Exposure compensation dial changes easily; Small buttons; No in-camera chromatic aberration correction; Bundled flash is weak; Video compression artifacts with rapidly-moving subjects.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-M1
  • $683
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
Leica T (Typ 701)
Olympus E-M1
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic G3

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G3
  • $683
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • More viewfinder magnification
Leica T (Typ 701)
Panasonic G3
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic G5

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G5
  • $683
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Leica T (Typ 701)
Panasonic G5
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic GX7
  • $683
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica T (Typ 701)
Panasonic GX7
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Olympus E-M5
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $683
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica T (Typ 701)
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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