Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Olympus PEN E-PL5 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

OM-D E-M1X vs PEN E-PL5 - Side by side

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Olympus PEN E-PL5 Specs

OM-D E-M1X

  • Introduced in January 2019
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 18 frames/second
  • 64 - 25600 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 144.4 x 156.8 x 75.4mm³ (5.7" x 6.2" x 3.0")
  • 997g (32.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M1X

PEN E-PL5

  • Introduced in September 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • No WiFi
  • 110.5 x 63.7 x 38.2mm³ (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
  • 325g (10.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN E-PL5

OM-D E-M1X vs PEN E-PL5 Sensors

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This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: OM-D E-M1X an PEN E-PL5 sensor comparison

Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Olympus PEN E-PL5 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus OM-D E-M1X a better choice

OM-D E-M1X

PEN E-PL5

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)20.4016.10
Higher speed (4, frames/second)188
Auto Focus points (4)12135
Better sensibility (4)64 - 25600 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.46
Better Video (2)4096 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)870350
WiFi (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M1X are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the optical image stabilizer and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the PEN E-PL5: the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video and the built-in GPS.

The OM-D E-M1X scores 35 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus PEN E-PL5

OM-D E-M1X

PEN E-PL5

Weighs less (2)997g
(32.2 oz.)
325g
(10.5 oz.)
More portable (2)1707cm³
(108 cu.in.)
269cm³
(17 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL5 are the lower weight than the OM-D E-M1X and the more compact size.

Yields 4 points for the PEN E-PL5.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

OM-D E-M1X

PEN E-PL5

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Olympus PEN E-PL5 Dimensions

Look at front view of the OM-D E-M1X and PEN E-PL5

OM-D E-M1X und PEN E-PL5, front viewOM-D E-M1X und PEN E-PL5, front view

Top view of cameras

OM-D E-M1X und PEN E-PL5, view from aboveOM-D E-M1X und PEN E-PL5, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus PEN E-PL5

35
4

We recommend Olympus OM-D E-M1X as better choice.

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