Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Sony Alpha 5100 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

OM-D E-M1X vs Alpha 5100 - Side by side

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Sony Alpha 5100 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

Alpha 5100

  • Introduced in August 2014
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm³ (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
  • 270g (8.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha 5100

OM-D E-M1X vs Alpha 5100 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

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

Infographic: OM-D E-M1X and Alpha 5100 sensor area comparisonAdvantage: Sony Alpha 5100

Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Sony Alpha 5100 Other Specs Comparison

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

OM-D E-M1X

Alpha 5100

Higher speed (4, frames/second)186
Better sensibility (4)64 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Larger lens selection (3)8050
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)4096 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)870400
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M1X are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and the larger selection of lenses. We also like the optical image stabilizer, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the OM-D E-M1X is made easy by the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the Alpha 5100: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video, the built-in GPS.

The OM-D E-M1X scores 29 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony Alpha 5100

OM-D E-M1X

Alpha 5100

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)20.4024.30
Auto Focus points (4)121179
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)997g
(32.2 oz.)
270g
(8.7 oz.)
More portable (2)1707cm³
(108 cu.in.)
246cm³
(15 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha 5100 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Sony are the built-in flash, the lower weight than the OM-D E-M1X and the more compact size.

Yields 20 points for the Alpha 5100.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

OM-D E-M1X

Alpha 5100

Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
WiFi
Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Sony Alpha 5100 Dimensions

Look at front view of the OM-D E-M1X and Alpha 5100

OM-D E-M1X und Alpha 5100, front viewOM-D E-M1X und Alpha 5100, front view

Top view of cameras

OM-D E-M1X und Alpha 5100, view from aboveOM-D E-M1X und Alpha 5100, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Sony Alpha 5100

29
20

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

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