• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Olympus E-P5 advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 52 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony QX1 advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Less expensive
    $498* vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,063 vs 895 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony QX1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-P5
Panasonic GF6
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony QX1
Panasonic GF6
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Olympus E-P5
Samsung NX2000
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony QX1
Samsung NX2000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL7
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony QX1
Olympus E-PL7
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Olympus E-P5
Samsung NX3300
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
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