• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 364.3mm2
  • 19.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Sigma sd Quattro

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    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
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.0 fps vs 3.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sigma sd Quattro advantages over Olympus E-PM2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.33 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    19.6 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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

  • Super compact and lightweight; Excellent image and print quality that rivals much more expensive CSCs and DSLRs; Solid low-light (high ISO) performance; Touchscreen LCD responsive and useful once you get used to it; Speedy and accurate AF on still subjects; Tons of advanced shooting features and customizing options.

  • Maddening menu system; No physical Mode dial; Motion AF not quite up to par; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX1

Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GX1
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $950
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
Sigma sd Quattro
Panasonic GX1
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $950
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
Sigma sd Quattro
Olympus E-PL5
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GF6
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Sigma sd Quattro
Panasonic GF6
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A3000

Olympus E-PM2
Sony A3000
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sigma sd Quattro
Sony A3000
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Olympus E-PM2
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
  • $1020
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sigma sd Quattro
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • $1020
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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