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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Samsung Galaxy NX front
Portability
82
Imaging
63
Features
76
Overall
68

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Key Specs

Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
Samsung Galaxy NX
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 495g - 137 x 101 x 26mm
  • Released June 2013
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Olympus E-PL5 and Samsung Galaxy NX, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the Galaxy NX (20MP) is relatively close but the E-PL5 (Four Thirds) and Galaxy NX (APS-C) provide different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL5 was revealed 9 months before the Galaxy NX so they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Samsung Galaxy NX being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the E-PL5 scores versus the Galaxy NX with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Samsung Galaxy NX

 E-PL5 Galaxy NX 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy NX over the Olympus E-PL5

 Galaxy NX E-PL5 
ReleasedJune 2013September 2012More recent by 9 months
Screen dimensions4.8"3"Bigger screen (+1.8")
Screen resolution922k460kClearer screen (+462k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Samsung Galaxy NX

 E-PL5 Galaxy NX 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL5 enjoys exterior measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Samsung Galaxy NX has sizing of 137mm x 101mm x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0") having a weight of 495 grams (1.09 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PL5 and Samsung Galaxy NX in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the E-PL5 and the Galaxy NX.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL5 and Galaxy NX is 88 and 82 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to imagine the difference in sensor measurements merely by viewing specs. The visual underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL5 and Galaxy NX.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-PL5 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh more challenging and the Samsung Galaxy NX will provide you with more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs more aggressively. The older E-PL5 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography highlights
Samsung Galaxy NX Portrait photography highlights
71
manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
77
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Street photography factors
Samsung Galaxy NX Street photography factors
85
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
69
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
provides touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (495 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography factors
Samsung Galaxy NX Sports photography factors
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
does not have phase detect autofocus
73
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery power (440 CIPA)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography details
Samsung Galaxy NX Travel photography details
75
has touch to focus
decent MP (16MP)
selfie friendly display
does not have Time Lapse mode
68
better than average battery power (440 CIPA)
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (495 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL5
Landscape photography with Samsung Galaxy NX
74
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
does not have Time Lapse mode
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
lovely big screen (4.8")
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (440 per charge)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging features
Samsung Galaxy NX Vlogging features
78
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have mic jack
34
touchscreen functionality
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (495g)
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Samsung Galaxy NX
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Samsung Galaxy NX
General Information
Make Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Samsung Galaxy NX
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-09-17 2013-06-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - DRIMe IV
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 35 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Samsung NX
Available lenses 107 32
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 4.8 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - HD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 8.0fps 9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/180 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) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325 grams (0.72 lbs) 495 grams (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 137 x 101 x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 images 440 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail cost $400 $1,300