• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Nikon D850

  • Less expensive
    $1699* vs $3097
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Longer video battery life
    90 vs 70 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Lighter weight
    574g vs 915g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D850 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.35 vs 3.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.4 vs 23.7 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,660 vs 1,312 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 12.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    18 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 51 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 51 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

  • Class-leading resolution; Excellent dynamic range; Very good high ISO performance; Very fast AF and burst shooting; Durable weather-sealed body; Improved ergonomics; Touchscreen; Dual card slots; 4K video.

  • Live view/video mode still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF; Viewfinder only tests at ~98% coverage; No 4K at 60p; 30-minute video clip limit; Focus peaking not supported with 4K.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D850
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon 5DS

Olympus E-M1 II
Canon 5DS
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D850
Canon 5DS
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
  • $988
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D850
Panasonic GX8
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $988
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A99 II

Olympus E-M1 II
Sony A99 II
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D850
Sony A99 II
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon D850
Panasonic GH5
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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