• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Olympus E-P5 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $999 vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    545g vs 1388g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C 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
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,082 vs 895 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • 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 pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Wider angle kit lens
    29 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Buy the Canon 7D Mark II

Review Excerpt

  • Handsome retro styling; Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance; Lightning fast autofocusing; Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res); Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second; Sharp, bright 17mm f/1.8 kit lens; 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots of resolution.

  • Heavier than some mirrorless models; Weak flash; Below average battery life; No built-in viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase); A bit pricey compared to the similar E-M5, which offers a built-in EVF and weather sealing at about the same price.

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Olympus E-P5
Canon 7D
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 6D

Olympus E-P5
Canon 6D
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1232
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1232
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 7D Mark II
Olympus E-PL5
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-P5
Panasonic GF6
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon 7D Mark II
Panasonic GF6
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon 70D

Olympus E-P5
Canon 70D
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $877
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $877
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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