• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus E-M1 advantages over Leica Q

  • Less expensive
    $1299 vs $4495*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    63 mm vs 93 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Leica Q advantages over Olympus E-M1

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.00 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,221 vs 757 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/500 vs 1/320 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.0 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Leica Q
Olympus E-M5
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GH3
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica Q
Panasonic GH3
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony RX1R

Olympus E-M1
Sony RX1R
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica Q
Sony RX1R
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GH4
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica Q
Panasonic GH4
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GX8
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1096
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica Q
Panasonic GX8
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1096
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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