• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • Detailed specifications
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
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Predecessor:    
Successor:   Olympus E-M5 II
E-M5 vs E-M5 II
General
Model Number: DSC-W230 E-M5
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: Ultra Compact Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No No
Retail Price: $199.00 $1299.99
Street Price:   $799.00
Date Available: 2009-04-01 2012-04-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 4.5 oz (127 g) 23.0 oz (652 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.
(95 x 57 x 22 mm)
4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7 in.
(122 x 89 x 43 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony Super HAD Sony
Effective Megapixels: 12.1 16.1
Sensor Format: 1/2.3 inch 4/3
Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm) 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.54 microns 3.75 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:   Fixed
Self-Cleaning: No Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No No
DxO Sensor Score:   71
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):   22.8
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):   12.3
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):   826
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
4000 x 2672 (10.7 MP, 3:2),
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16:9),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG JPEG, MPO, 12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 1.7 8.9
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30/​16.6)
320x240 (8.3)
1920x1080 (60i)
1280x720 (60p/​30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: MPEG1 MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with stereo sound), AVI (Motion JPEG)
Composite Video Out: Yes Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: Component HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, : 6 elements in 5 groups (including 3 asph,) Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Digital ED
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 30 - 120mm 24 - 100mm
Focal Length (actual): 5.4 - 21.4mm 12 - 50mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.00x 4.20x
Aperture Range: f/2.8/7.1 (W) - f/5.8/? (T) f/3.5 - 22 (wide) / f/6.3 - 22 (tele)
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range: 4 cm to Infinity
1.6 in to Infinity
35 cm to Infinity
13.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 4 cm to Infinity
1.6 in to Infinity
20 - 50 cm
7.9 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: n/a 52.0mm
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes No
Digital Zoom: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x Precision, up to 22x Smart Zoom Up to 2x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection; 9-area High-speed Contrast-detect AF: 35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: LCD EVF / OLED
Viewfinder Type:   EVF; 1.44M-dot, 1.15x magnification, 18mm eyepoint, -4 to +2 diopter, eye sensor
Focus Peaking: No No
EVF Resolution: n/a 1,440,000 dots
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):   0.58x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):   1.15x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 230,000 dots 614,000 dots (205,000 px)
Touchscreen: No Yes
Articulating Screen: No Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No No
Selfie Screen: No No
Max Playback Zoom: 8.0x  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):   25600
Minimum ISO (native):   200
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 1600, 3200 AUTO: ISO Low (100) - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO Low (100) - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Incandescent, Flash WB Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Shutter Speed Range: 1/1600 - 1 sec 1/4000 - 60 sec
Bulb Mode: No Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: No Yes
Shutter Priority: No Yes
Full Manual Exposure: No Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Easy, Smile, Softsnap, Landscape, Twilight portrait, High Sensitivity, Twilight, Snow, Beach, Fire works, Sports, Underwater, Gourmet Scene select AE (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D Still), Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro
Self Timer: 10 or 2 seconds 2, 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):    
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes No
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Slow Synch, Off Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1 (FULL) - 1/64)
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: ISO Auto: 0.2m - 3.9m(W), 0.5m - 1.9m(T) Bundled FL-LM2 GN = 7m/ISO 100
Max Flash Sync:   1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation:   +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:    
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS Duo / MS PRO Duo SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:   UHS-I
Other Memory:    
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: No Yes
Uncompressed Format:   12-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: MPEG1 MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with stereo sound), AVI (Motion JPEG)
Included Memory: 15.0 MB No memory included
Included Memory Type: Internal  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No No
NFC: No No
Bluetooth: No No
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No No
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: No Yes
Remote Control Type:   Optional Remote cable RM-UC1
Connections (extended):   Micro HDMI (Type-D), combined AV/USB connector, Accessory Port 2
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution):   0.52
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):   0.51
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):   20
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):   0.56
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 1.7 8.9
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 100 17
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):   9.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):   16
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):   9.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):   15
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):   0.28 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):    
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter Lag (manual focus):   0.102 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):   0.44 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused):   0.056 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):   Full Autofocus, Multi-area AF mode lag = 0.175 second
Startup Time:   1.1 seconds
Play -> Record Time:   0.7 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power:   4.3 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 350 shots 360 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):    
Battery Life, Video:    
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary Info LITHIUM Proprietary BLN-1
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary BLN-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
Software
Included Software: Sony CD-ROM Olympus Viewer 2 CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, Smile Shutter, Intelligent Scene Recognition, Dynamic Range Optimizer, In-camera Retouching, HD Slide Show with music. Available in silver, black, red and blue. 3" tilting OLED monitor with Touchscreen panel, Hi-res EVF, 5-axis image stabilization, 9 fps burst, Full HD video.