Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony NEX-7 Specs Comparison

Here is a brief comparison and specs table of the two of the most popular advanced mirrorless camera bodies on the market: Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7. If you are starting from scratch, it is really hard to choose between these two. As you can see, each camera excels in different areas:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Advantages over Sony NEX-7:

  • Sealed Body
  • IBIS - In Body Image Stabilization
  • Faster and more customizable AF system
  • Battery Grip option
  • Larger native lens selection
  • Cheaper - $999 vs $1.199

Sony NEX-7 Advantages over Olympus OM-D E-M5:

  • Higher Resolution Sensor: 24 MP vs. 16 MP
  • Higher Resolution Viewfinder
  • Focus Peaking (Helps manual focusing - especially important if you are planning to use manual lenses)
  • Higher Resolution Screen: 921K dots vs. 610K dots
  • Built-in Flash
  • Better Video
  • Smaller and Lighter

Specs Comparison : Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony NEX-7

Model
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Sony NEX-7
Price
Body Only - $999
Body + 12-50mm Kit - $1.299
Body Only - $1.199
Body + 18-55mm Kit - $1.349
Body type
SLR-style mirrorless
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material
Magnesium alloy
Magnesium
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
6000 x 4000
Image ratio
4:3
3:2, 16:9
Effective Resolution
16.1 MP
24.3 MP
Sensor size
Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Sony E Mount
Focal length multiplier
2X
1.5X
Image Processor
TruePic VI
Bionz
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO Range
Auto (200 - 25600), 200, 
400, 800, 1600, 3200,
 6400, 12800, 25600
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 
800, 1600, 3200,
 6400, 12800, 16000
White balance presets
12
6
Custom white balance
Yes
Yes
Image stabilization
Sensor-shift - 5-axis IS
No
Uncompressed format
RAW
RAW
Autofocus
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Multi-area
Selective single-point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
Live View
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Multi-area
Selective single-point
Single
Continuous
Live View
Autofocus assist lamp
Yes
Yes
Manual focus
Yes (Live view image magnification)
Yes, Focus Peaking, Magnification
Articulated LCD
Tilting
Tilting
Screen size
3"
3"
Screen dots
610
921
Touch screen
Yes
No
Screen type
Touch control in electrostatic capacitance type OLED monitor
-
Live view
Yes
Yes
Viewfinder type
Electronic - 1.44M dots
Electronic - 2.4M dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
1.15×
1.09×
Minimum shutter speed
60sec
30sec
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000sec
1/4000sec
Aperture priority
Yes
Yes
Shutter priority
Yes
Yes
Manual exposure mode
Yes
Yes
Subject / scene modes
Yes
Yes
Built-in flash
No
Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range
-
6 m
External flash
Yes (via Hot-shoe (FL-50/FL-50R, FL-36/FL-36R, FL-30, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R))
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (2), Manual (3 levels)
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Flash X sync speed
1/250 sec
Drive modes
Single, Continuous Self-Timer
Single, Continuous Self-Timer
Continuous drive
Yes (9 fps)
Yes (10 fps)
Self-timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Metering modes
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation
±3 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
±5 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing
(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
(at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing
Yes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
No
Format
AVCHD,H.264, Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone
Stereo
Stereo
Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
HDMI
Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)
Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless
None
EyeFi
Remote control
Yes (Optional (RM-UC1))
Yes (InfraRed (optional))
Environmentally sealed
Yes
No
Battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery description
Lithium-Ion BLN-1 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)
-
430
Weight (inc. batteries)
425 g (0.94 lb / 14.99 oz)
400 g (0.88 lb / 14.11 oz)
Dimensions
122 x 89 x 43 mm (4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69")
120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69")
Timelapse recording
No
No
GPS
None
None
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