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Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1

Portability
74
Imaging
68
Features
84
Overall
74
Nikon Z50 front
 
Olympus E-1 front
Portability
59
Imaging
38
Features
36
Overall
37

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Key Specs

Nikon Z50
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 397g - 127 x 94 x 60mm
  • Announced October 2019
Olympus E-1
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 735g - 141 x 104 x 81mm
  • Introduced November 2003
  • Replacement is Olympus E-3
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Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Pro DSLR by companies Nikon and Olympus. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the Z50 (21MP) and E-1 (5MP) and the Z50 (APS-C) and E-1 (Four Thirds) feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The Z50 was launched 16 years after the E-1 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Nikon Z50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-1 being a Large SLR camera.

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short overview of how the Z50 matches up vs the E-1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z50 over the Olympus E-1

 Z50 E-1 
IntroducedOctober 2019November 2003More modern by 194 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3.2"1.8"Bigger screen (+1.4")
Screen resolution1040k134kClearer screen (+906k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-1 over the Nikon Z50

 E-1 Z50 

Common features in the Nikon Z50 and Olympus E-1

 Z50 E-1 
Manually focus More accurate focusing

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon Z50 has outer dimensions of 127mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4") with a weight of 397 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Olympus E-1 has measurements of 141mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 735 grams (1.62 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the Z50 versus the E-1.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the Z50 and E-1 is 74 and 59 respectively.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizes only by checking specs. The image below should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the Z50 and E-1.

All in all, the 2 cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Z50 due to its bigger sensor will make getting shallow DOF easier and the Nikon Z50 will give you extra detail utilizing its extra 16 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The younger Z50 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon Z50
Portrait photography with Olympus E-1
80
has manual focus
resolution is good (21MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
exports RAW files
46
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low MP (5 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z50 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-1 as a Street photography camera
73
screen tilts
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
supports focus via touch
weather sealing
above average high ISO (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (397 grams)
57
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
lighter than others in class (735 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon Z50
Sports photography with Olympus E-1
75
resolution is good (21MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
40
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low MP (5MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z50 Travel photography details
Olympus E-1 Travel photography details
77
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
supports focus via touch
resolution is good (21MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competition in class (397 grams)
47
lighter than others in class (735g)
weather sealing
lack of Time Lapse mode
low MP (5MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z50 Landscape photography information
Olympus E-1 Landscape photography information
79
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
resolution is good (21MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
46
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (5 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z50 Vlogging highlights
Olympus E-1 Vlogging highlights
71
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
has face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (397 grams)
9
no video
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Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z50 and Olympus E-1
 Nikon Z50Olympus E-1
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Z50 Olympus E-1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro DSLR
Announced 2019-10-10 2003-11-29
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 21MP 5MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 5568 x 3712 2560 x 1920
Max native ISO 51200 3200
Max enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 209 3
Lens
Lens support Nikon Z Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 15 45
Crop factor 1.5 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 1.8 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dot 134 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.48x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 11.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options - Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 397 grams (0.88 lbs) 735 grams (1.62 lbs)
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4") 141 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots -
Form of battery Built-in -
Battery ID EN-EL25 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $857 $1,700