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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Samsung NX mini front
Portability
93
Imaging
52
Features
68
Overall
58

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini 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
  • Introduced September 2012
Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Introduced March 2014
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Olympus and Samsung. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-PL5 (16MP) and NX mini (20.5MP) and the E-PL5 (Four Thirds) and NX mini (1") feature different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL5 was introduced 18 months before the NX mini which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a quick summary of how the E-PL5 matches up versus the NX mini with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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

 E-PL5 NX mini 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

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

 NX mini E-PL5 
IntroducedMarch 2014September 2012Fresher by 18 months
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)

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

 E-PL5 NX mini 
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL5 has got outer dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Samsung NX mini has measurements of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini 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 vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the E-PL5 versus the NX mini.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL5 and NX mini is 88 and 93 respectively.

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

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL5 and NX mini.

Clearly, the two cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-PL5 having a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Samsung NX mini will deliver greater detail using its extra 4.5MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs far more aggressively. The older E-PL5 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Portrait photography camera
71
focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
delivers RAW files
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20.5 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Street photography info
Samsung NX mini Street photography info
85
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
provides focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
81
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
provides touch to focus
lighter than others (196 grams)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Sports photography camera
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
does not have phase detect auto focus
54
great max shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
good megapixels (20.5MP)
good sensor size (1")
good battery (650 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Travel photography camera
75
provides focus by touch
good resolution (16MP)
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
76
good battery (650 shots)
lighter than others (196 grams)
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (20.5MP)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL5
Landscape photography with Samsung NX mini
74
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
68
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (20.5MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
good battery (650 CIPA)
no image stabilization
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging details
Samsung NX mini Vlogging details
78
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
38
touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic jack
lighter than others (196g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Samsung NX mini Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Samsung NX mini
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Samsung NX mini
General Information
Company Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Samsung NX mini
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-09-17 2014-03-19
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20.5 megapixel
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 12800
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 200 160
RAW support
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 35 21
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Samsung NX-M
Amount of lenses 107 2
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.7
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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 (all 30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325g (0.72 pounds) 196g (0.43 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9")
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 photographs 650 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 B740
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage slots One One
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