Olympus EP5 vs Olympus EM5

by Enche Tjin on May 13, 2013

Olympus just announced its new Olympus PEN EP5 camera. This announcement might confuse many mirrorless mover (from DSLR). Which one to choose? Olympus OMD EM5 or the new EP-5? Without wasting time, let’s look at the dimension and specification.


Olympus E-P5 advantages vs EM5

  • Manual focus peaking: Good for assisting manual focus when using older or other system lenses via an adaptor.
  • Higher resolution LCD 1037k dots (3:2) vs 610k dots.
  • Higher resolution optional electronic viewfinder (VF 4). 2.36 vs 1.44 million pixels
  • Slightly faster autofocus
  • Max shutter speed up to 1/8000 from 1/4000 second
  • Photo Story, an automatic image layout
  • WiFi

On the other hand, Olympus OMD EM5 hold some important advantages:

  • Higher quality built, water repellent, weather sealed
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder
  • Optional grip for better handling and extra battery storage

OMD EM5 Price today $999 body only, $1299 with 12-50mm lens.
Olympus EP5 Price today $1499 (with VF-4 viewfinder and 17mm f/1.8)


From the technology stand point, Olympus PEN EP5 is better in many aspects. But still, Olympus OMD EM5 will be suitable for professionals, especially who works in extreme environment. It’s weathersealed body and optional grip will significantly improve handling especially when mounting longer lenses.

On the other hand, Olympus EP5 is great for casual shooters, who want compact and minimalist camera design. It is suitable for everyday use, from candids, portrait, and street photography.


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Photos from camerasize.com

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