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

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More telephoto lens reach
    100 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Olympus E-M5

  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Newer
    14 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 652g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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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
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-M1
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic G3

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G3
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • More viewfinder magnification
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic G3
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic G5

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic G5
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic G5
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M5
Panasonic GX7
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX7
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-PL7
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL7
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Newer
  • $449
  • 4/3
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