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, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II belongs to a Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Nikon D500 comes with a 21.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and DSLR. 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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Key Features:
Nikon D500 Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II substituted Olympus E-M5.
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/8000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Weight||469 g vs 860 g||391 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.74 vs 0.66||0.08 better magnification|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||23.8% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||39% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||153 vs 81||72 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||1240 shots vs 310 shots||930 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Color Depth||24 vs 23||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||14 vs 12.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1324 vs 896||Better High ISO performance|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots | 2,359k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentaprism)||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|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 21.0 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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 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-M5 II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 391g less than the Nikon D500. 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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 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. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a TruePic VII processor . Nikon D500, in its turn, comes with a 21.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D500 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.6x larger than the one featured in Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 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||Olympus OM-D E-M5 II||Nikon D500|
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, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II or Nikon D500, 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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon D500. 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:
|Olympus OM-D E-M5 II||Nikon D500|
|Model||OM-D E-M5 II||D500|
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015||Jan 05, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||21.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||5568 x 3712|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||51,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||1,640,000|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||94||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||81||153|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||99|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||2,359k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, redeye, fill, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||73||83|
|DxO Color Depth||23.0||24.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4||14.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||896||1324|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)||4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||469 g||860 g|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 85 x 45 mm||147 x 115 x 81 mm|
|Battery Life||310 shots||1240 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||XQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant)|