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Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
82
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 120 x 83 x 47mm
  • Announced August 2015
  • Replaced the Olympus E-M10
  • Replacement is Olympus E-M10 III
Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Olympus E-M10 II and Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are sold by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-M10 II (16MP) and the E-PL5 (16MP) is pretty similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-M10 II was unveiled 2 years later than the E-PL5 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M10 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a full comparison, below is a quick summary of how the E-M10 II matches up vs the E-PL5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 II over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-M10 II E-PL5 
AnnouncedAugust 2015September 2012More recent by 36 months
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-M10 II

 E-PL5 E-M10 II 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 II and Olympus E-PL5

 E-M10 II E-PL5 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M10 II enjoys external dimensions of 120mm x 83mm x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") along with a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL5 has proportions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") having a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-M10 II and Olympus E-PL5 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the E-M10 II compared to the E-PL5.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 II and E-PL5 is 82 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M10 II and E-PL5.

As you can see, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect similar quality of photographs although you will need to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The more recent E-M10 II is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10 II
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
72
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
71
manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Street photography factors
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography factors
83
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
supports focus by touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
85
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
provides focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10 II
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
does not have phase detect autofocus
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography highlights
73
supports focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
75
provides focus via touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
missing Timelapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Landscape photography information
Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography information
79
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
74
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Vlogging factors
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
35
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic port
78
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
missing external microphone port
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 II and Olympus E-PL5
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IIOlympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Olympus PEN E-PL5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2015-08-25 2012-09-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 81 35
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (ISO 100) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, flash off, 1st-curtain slow sync w/redeye, 1st-curtain slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
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 390 gr (0.86 pounds) 325 gr (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 120 x 83 x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 72
DXO Color Depth rating 23.1 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 12.3
DXO Low light rating 842 889
Other
Battery life 320 pictures 360 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $499 $400