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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III

Portability
71
Imaging
54
Features
85
Overall
66
Olympus OM-D E-M1 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III front
Portability
80
Imaging
63
Features
88
Overall
73

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Key Specs

Olympus E-M1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 497g - 130 x 94 x 63mm
  • Released October 2013
  • Updated by Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-M5 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
  • Launched October 2019
  • Replaced the Olympus E-M5 II
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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Overview

Lets look more closely at the Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both manufactured by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-M1 (16MP) and the E-M5 III (20MP) is fairly well matched and they come with the same exact sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-M1 was launched 7 years before the E-M5 III which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the E-M1 matches up versus the E-M5 III in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 over the Olympus E-M5 III

 E-M1 E-M5 III 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 III over the Olympus E-M1

 E-M5 III E-M1 
LaunchedOctober 2019October 2013Newer by 72 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k1037kSharper display (+3k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 and Olympus E-M5 III

 E-M1 E-M5 III 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-M1 features physical measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") along with a weight of 497 grams (1.10 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-M5 III has measurements of 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0") along with a weight of 414 grams (0.91 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the E-M1 and the E-M5 III.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-M1 and E-M5 III is 71 and 80 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions just by reading through a spec sheet. The image underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M1 and E-M5 III.

Clearly, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can anticipate the Olympus E-M5 III to give extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos far more aggressively. The more aged E-M1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Portrait photography info
Olympus E-M5 III Portrait photography info
72
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/320s)
MP count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
77
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M1
Street photography with Olympus E-M5 III
78
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
comes with focus by touch
weather proofing
lighter than competition (497g)
great ISO range (25,600)
84
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports touch focus
environment proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Sports photography features
Olympus E-M5 III Sports photography features
70
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery life (350 CIPA)
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (30.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
supports phase detect autofocus
terrible battery (310 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Travel photography details
Olympus E-M5 III Travel photography details
65
lighter than competition (497 grams)
weather proofing
comes with focus by touch
MP count decent (16MP)
bad battery life (350 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
77
environment proof
has bluetooth
supports touch focus
MP count good (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery (310 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1
Landscape photography with Olympus E-M5 III
73
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
bad battery life (350 per charge)
78
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proof
terrible battery (310 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M1
Vlogging with Olympus E-M5 III
36
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
lighter than competition (497 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
84
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M5 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 and Olympus E-M5 III
 Olympus OM-D E-M1Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Class Pro Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2013-10-28 2019-10-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePIC VII TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS MOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 81 121
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,037k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.68x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 30.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/320 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 497g (1.10 lb) 414g (0.91 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") 125 x 85 x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 757 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 shots 310 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLN-1 BLN-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $799 $1,199