Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550

Portability
80
Imaging
56
Features
84
Overall
67
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 front
Portability
63
Imaging
56
Features
65
Overall
59

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Key Specs

Olympus E-M5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 469g - 124 x 85 x 45mm
  • Announced February 2015
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M5
  • Later Model is Olympus E-M5 III
Sony A550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Introduced December 2009
  • Succeeded the Sony A100
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Olympus E-M5 II and Sony A550, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the E-M5 II (16MP) and the A550 (14MP) is very close but the E-M5 II (Four Thirds) and A550 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor size.

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The E-M5 II was announced 5 years later than the A550 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M5 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A550 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the E-M5 II grades against the A550 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 II over the Sony A550

 E-M5 II A550 
IntroducedFebruary 2015December 2009Fresher by 63 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1037k922kCrisper display (+115k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A550 over the Olympus E-M5 II

 A550 E-M5 II 

Common features in the Olympus E-M5 II and Sony A550

 E-M5 II A550 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M5 II has external measurements of 124mm x 85mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") with a weight of 469 grams (1.03 lbs) whilst the Sony A550 has sizing of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") having a weight of 632 grams (1.39 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-M5 II and Sony A550 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have at that moment. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the E-M5 II against the A550.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the E-M5 II and A550 is 80 and 63 respectively.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to see the gap in sensor sizing just by researching specs. The photograph below may offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M5 II and A550.

All in all, the two cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-M5 II using its smaller sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Olympus E-M5 II will render greater detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The more modern E-M5 II is going to have a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Portrait photography with Sony A550
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW files
73
has manual focus
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Street photography information
Sony A550 Street photography information
82
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (25,600)
75
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Sports photography info
Sony A550 Sports photography info
66
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
not so great battery pack (310 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
not so great battery pack (480 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Travel photography with Sony A550
75
environment sealing
has focus via touch
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (310 CIPA)
52
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (480 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A550 as a Landscape photography camera
75
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
not so great battery pack (310 shots)
67
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
not so great battery pack (480 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Vlogging features
Sony A550 Vlogging features
83
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic support
9
no video shooting
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Sony A550 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M5 II and Sony A550
 Olympus OM-D E-M5 IISony Alpha DSLR-A550
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Category Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2015-02-06 2009-12-09
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII Bionz
Sensor type MOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 81 9
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 107 143
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,037k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 469 gr (1.03 lbs) 632 gr (1.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 85 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 73 66
DXO Color Depth rating 23.0 21.9
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 11.8
DXO Low light rating 896 807
Other
Battery life 310 pictures 480 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLN-1 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $699 $749