Olympus OM-D vs Olympus PEN

by Enche Tjin on February 9, 2012

Recently, Olympus launches a new system and a new camera called Olympus OM-D. Actually, is it not a new system because it use the same E-mount so you can use OM-D cameras with micro four thirds lens or E, DSLR lens with adapter.

From my observation, Olympus creates this new system to position this system as profesional system and PEN system as consumer system.

These are the differences between Olympus OM-D and Olympus PEN

1. Olympus OM-D has built-in electronic viewfinder
2. Olympus OM-D has relatively bigger camera body
3. Olympus OM-D has optional battery grip that enlarge the camera and look more like a DSLR camera
4.  Olympus OM-D is weather sealed (water and dust resistant)
5. Built-in 5-axis image stabilization
6. More customizable buttons

I consider Olympus OM-D EM-5 as a new flagship Olympus camera in micro four thirds system. This camera is designed for professionals and photography enthusiasts.

Olympus presents that OM-D differs with PEN because it is electronic viewfinder built-in

Olympus presents that OM-D differs with PEN because it is electronic viewfinder built-in

Left: First Olympus OM-D camera, EM-5. Right: Olympus PEN E-P3 - image courtesy of camerasize.com

Left: First Olympus OM-D camera, EM-5. Right: Olympus PEN E-P3 - image courtesy of camerasize.com

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