Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon D5 belongs to a Pro DSLR category, the other model, Nikon D5 is a Pro Mirrorless camera. Nikon D5 is equipped with a 21.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes with a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - DSLR and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon D5 Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||4.8% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||855.62 mm2 vs 226.2 mm2||73.6% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||153 vs 121||32 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots vs 1,037k dots||56% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||3780 shots vs 350 shots||3430 more frames with a single charge|
|Dxo Color Depth||25.1 vs 23.7||Better color depth|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2434 vs 1312||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.72 vs No||0.72 better magnification|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||15 fps vs 14 fps||1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||9.1 vs No||9.1 better flash range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Weight||574 g vs 1415 g||841 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 3840 x 2160||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.8 vs 12.3||Better dynamic range|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots | 1,037k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 slots | 2 slots||Extra Storage Slots|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||14.0 fps | 15.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 841g less than the Nikon D5. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon D5 features a 21.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D5 has a sensor area 0.3x bigger compared to Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon D5||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon D5 or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon D5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon D5 deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon D5||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Model||D5||OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Announced||Jan 05, 2016||Sep 19, 2016|
|Body Type||Large SLR||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.8 x 23.9 mm||17.4 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||855.62 mm2||226.20 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5588 x 3712||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||102,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||3,280,000||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||287||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||153||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||99||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||14.0 fps||15.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||88||80|
|DxO Color Depth||25.1||23.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.3||12.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2434||1312|
|Video Resolutions||4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p||4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||4096 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MOV, H.264|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||1415 g||574 g|
|Physical Dimensions||160 x 158.5 x 92 mm||134 x 91 x 67 mm|
|Battery Life||3780 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots|