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

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Differences

Olympus E-M5 II advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.4 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Samsung NX500 advantages over Olympus E-M5 II

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 908 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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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

  • Very good image quality with high-resolution files; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Fast AF performance; Compact design with good build quality; Better ergonomics than predecessor; 4K video recording.

  • High ISO noise reduction too strong; AF struggles in low-light; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No option for EVF; No built-in flash (external one included); 4K Video is cropped with narrower FOV.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX7
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Samsung NX500
Panasonic GX7
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $432
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Samsung NX500
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $432
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A6300

Olympus E-M5 II
Sony A6300
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Samsung NX500
Panasonic GX85
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A6500

Olympus E-M5 II
Sony A6500
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Samsung NX500
Sony A6500
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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