Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5

Nikon Z50 front
Olympus E-5 front

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Key Specs

Nikon Z50
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 397g - 127 x 94 x 60mm
  • Introduced October 2019
Olympus E-5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 800g - 143 x 117 x 75mm
  • Launched February 2011
  • Old Model is Olympus E-3
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Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Overview

Here, we are contrasting the Nikon Z50 versus Olympus E-5, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Advanced DSLR by brands Nikon and Olympus. There is a large difference between the sensor resolutions of the Z50 (21MP) and E-5 (12MP) and the Z50 (APS-C) and E-5 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The Z50 was released 8 years after the E-5 which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon Z50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-5 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the Z50 grades vs the E-5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z50 over the Olympus E-5

 Z50 E-5 
LaunchedOctober 2019February 2011More modern by 106 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-5 over the Nikon Z50

 E-5 Z50 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Common features in the Nikon Z50 and Olympus E-5

 Z50 E-5 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera regularly, you need to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon Z50 has outer dimensions of 127mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4") accompanied by a weight of 397 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Olympus E-5 has specifications of 143mm x 117mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Below is a front view size comparison of the Z50 compared to the E-5.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the Z50 and E-5 is 74 and 58 respectively.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to see the gap between sensor sizes just by checking technical specs. The pic here will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the Z50 and E-5.

As you can tell, both of these cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The Z50 featuring a larger sensor will make shooting bokeh simpler and the Nikon Z50 will give you extra detail as a result of its extra 9MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The younger Z50 will have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z50 Portrait photography details
Olympus E-5 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (21MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
AI creates more images in less time than 150 years of photography

Street Comparison

Nikon Z50 Street photography details
Olympus E-5 Street photography details
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
provides touch to focus
environment proofing
above average ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (397g)
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z50 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-5 Sports photography advice
decent sensor resolution (21MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z50 Travel photography information
Olympus E-5 Travel photography information
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
provides touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (21MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
more heavy than competitors (397 grams)
weather sealing
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z50 Landscape photography advice
Olympus E-5 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
decent sensor resolution (21 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
no image stabilization
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
two card slots
MP count low (12 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon Z50
Vlogging with Olympus E-5
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
features face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external microphone socket
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (397g)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with external mic socket
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Nikon Z50 vs Olympus E-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z50 and Olympus E-5
 Nikon Z50Olympus E-5
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Z50 Olympus E-5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2019-10-10 2011-02-03
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 6 TruePic V+
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5568 x 3712 4032 x 3024
Max native ISO 51200 6400
Max boosted ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 209 11
Cross type focus points - 11
Lens mount type Nikon Z Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 15 45
Crop factor 1.5 2.1
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display size 3.2 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology - HyperCrystal transmissive LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.58x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 11.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 18.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 397 grams (0.88 lbs) 800 grams (1.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 127 x 94 x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4") 143 x 117 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 56
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 519
Battery life 320 images 870 images
Battery type Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL25 BLM-5
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) Compact Flash (Type I or II)/SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single 2
Price at launch $857 $1,700