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 Entry-Level DSLR camera. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Nikon D5500 comes with a 24.0 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 D5500 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Key Features:
Nikon D5500 Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II substituted Olympus E-M5.
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 5 fps||5 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||81 vs 39||42 more focus points|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.74 vs 0.55||0.19 better magnification|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||38.7% larger pixel area|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||12 vs No||12 better flash range|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Battery Life||820 shots vs 310 shots||510 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||420 g vs 469 g||49 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.1 vs 23||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||14 vs 12.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1438 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 | 1,037k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentamirror)||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|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
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 D5500 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
Speaking of weight, Nikon D5500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 49g less than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Are Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D5500 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 D5500, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 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 D5500 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D5500 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.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Nikon D5500 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 D5500|
No Significant Advantages
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 D5500, 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 D5500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon D5500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
|Olympus OM-D E-M5 II||Nikon D5500|
|Model||OM-D E-M5 II||D5500|
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015||Jan 06, 2015|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|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||39|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||5.0 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||84|
|DxO Color Depth||23.0||24.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4||14.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||896||1438|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||469 g||420 g|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 85 x 45 mm||124 x 97 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||310 shots||820 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|