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Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
68
Imaging
60
Features
93
Overall
73
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 574g - 134 x 91 x 67mm
  • Announced September 2016
  • Replaced the Olympus E-M1
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-M1 III
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Bump to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Launched March 2023
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Following is a extended assessment of the Olympus E-M1 II and Sony ZV-E1, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the E-M1 II (20MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) and the E-M1 II (Four Thirds) and ZV-E1 (Full frame) posses totally different sensor size.

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The E-M1 II was launched 7 years before the ZV-E1 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-M1 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony ZV-E1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a quick summary of how the E-M1 II matches up versus the ZV-E1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 II over the Sony ZV-E1

 E-M1 II ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Olympus E-M1 II

 ZV-E1 E-M1 II 
LaunchedMarch 2023September 2016More modern by 79 months

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 II and Sony ZV-E1

 E-M1 II ZV-E1 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen size3"3.00"Same screen size
Screen resolution1037k1037kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M1 II provides outside measurements of 134mm x 91mm x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 574 grams (1.27 lbs) and the Sony ZV-E1 has sizing of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") accompanied by a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-M1 II and Sony ZV-E1 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the E-M1 II and the ZV-E1.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-M1 II and ZV-E1 is 68 and 80 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its hard to see the gap in sensor sizes simply by going through technical specs. The pic here will give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M1 II and ZV-E1.

As you have seen, both of those cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The E-M1 II featuring a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Olympus E-M1 II will show greater detail utilizing its extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs way more aggressively. The more aged E-M1 II will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Portrait photography information
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography information
76
has manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW formats
72
manual focus
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II as a Street photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Street photography camera
78
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
offers touch focus
environment proofing
lighter than competitors (574 grams)
above average ISO range (25,600)
84
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch focus
environment sealing
lighter than competition in class (483 grams)
great high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Sports photography details
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography details
75
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
max frames per second high (60.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
not so great battery (350 shots)
72
quiet mode (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery life (570 per charge)
has phase detect auto focus
low max shutter speed (1/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Travel photography advice
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography advice
72
lighter than competitors (574 grams)
environment proofing
offers touch focus
decent megapixels (20MP)
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery (350 per charge)
79
better than average battery life (570 CIPA)
lighter than competition in class (483 grams)
environment sealing
has bluetooth
includes touch focus
screen is selfie friendly
low megapixels (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Landscape photography features
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography features
76
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
two card slots
not so great battery (350 CIPA)
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3.00")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (102,400)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery life (570 per charge)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Vlogging highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging highlights
79
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes mic socket
lighter than competitors (574g)
85
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 1920 pixels)
has microphone support
lighter than competition in class (483 grams)
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 II and Sony ZV-E1
 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IISony ZV-E1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Sony ZV-E1
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2016-09-19 2023-03-29
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4240 x 2832
Highest native ISO 25600 102400
Highest enhanced ISO - 409600
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 64 40
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 121 759
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Total lenses 107 195
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3" 3.00"
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 60.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.10 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x1920
Video format MOV, H.264 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 574g (1.27 pounds) 483g (1.06 pounds)
Physical dimensions 134 x 91 x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1312 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 570 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLH-1 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots Two One
Price at release $1,700 $2,198