• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 II advantages over Nikon D7500

  • Less expensive
    $849* vs $1397
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 72 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 8.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.4 fps vs 8.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D7500 advantages over Olympus E-M5 II

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,483 vs 908 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 950 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    47 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent handling in a compact, weather-sealed body; Crisp, roomy electronic viewfinder; Image quality that can take the fight to APS-C DSLRs; Unique high-res mode lets it bat far above its weight for static scenes; Extremely fast 10 fps burst shooting, Excellent video feature set

  • Control dials are easily bumped; Below-average battery life at default settings; Buffer depths for raw shooters are a bit limited; 16-megapixel sensor resolution feels dated; Weak bundled flash strobe

  • New carbon fiber body is light, compact and very comfortable; Same excellent image quality as the flagship D500; Quick 8.2 frames per second burst shooting with generous buffer; Very fast, accurate autofocus; Tilting touch-screen display; Very good battery life; Records ultra high-def 4K and 60fps Full HD too.

  • Only a single flash card slot; Doesn't support portrait / battery grip accessories; No rear infrared receiver any more; non-CPU AI lenses will be manual only; 4K video comes with a heavy crop; Movie AF is prone to hunting, Extended ISO sensitivities are a gimmick.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7200

Olympus E-M5 II
Nikon D7200
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D7500
Nikon D7200
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX7
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D7500
Panasonic GX7
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Nikon D7500
Olympus E-M10
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon 80D

Olympus E-M5 II
Canon 80D
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D7500
Canon 80D
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D7500
Panasonic GX85
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
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