• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 1DX advantages over Olympus E-PM2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.94 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,786 vs 932 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1120 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 7.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    31 vs 16 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Canon 1DX

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $4959*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 82 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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

  • Super compact and lightweight; Excellent image and print quality that rivals much more expensive CSCs and DSLRs; Solid low-light (high ISO) performance; Touchscreen LCD responsive and useful once you get used to it; Speedy and accurate AF on still subjects; Tons of advanced shooting features and customizing options.

  • Maddening menu system; No physical Mode dial; Motion AF not quite up to par; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1DX
Nikon D4
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Olympus E-PM2
Nikon D4
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Canon 1DX
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Headphone jack
Olympus E-PM2
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Canon 1DX
Olympus E-PL5
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Canon 1DX
Panasonic GF6
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GF6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon D4S

Canon 1DX
Nikon D4S
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-PM2
Nikon D4S
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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