Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill

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Olympus OM-D E-M1
Sigma DP2 Merrill

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
19.2 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a maximum aperture of 22, whereas the Sigma DP2 Merrill is only a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera (19.2 bigger).
$659 cheaper
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 costs $659.05 less than the Sigma DP2 Merrill.
Available from 3 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
User reviews are better
Based on 2 user reviews, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has an average review score of 100%, however the Sigma DP2 Merrill has an average rating of 91% (based on 31 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 46MPMP digital camera. That's 29.7MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (46MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 48MPMP digital camera. That's 31.2MP more than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (48MPMP).
919 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 920,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 919 pixels higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (920,000 pixels pixels).
113g lighter Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a weight of 330gg, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443gg digital camera (113g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
29.7MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a megapixel count of 16.3MPMP, whereas the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 46MPMP digital camera (29.7MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Two times less total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a total megapixel count of 16.8MPMP, but the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 48MPMP digital camera (31.2MP more).
Nine hundred and nineteen times lower display resolution Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels pixels, but the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 920,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (919 pixels higher).
26% heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443gg digital camera. That's 113g heavier than the Sigma DP2 Merrill (330gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

5 Reasons Against
Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 19.2 bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (2.8).
More expensive by $659
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is $659.05 more expensive than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Not as many stockists
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is stocked by 4 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over one year
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is 15 months older than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
User review Rating is Worse
The Sigma DP2 Merrill has an average user score of 91%, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Awards

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PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

40 months Ago 54 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.3MP 46MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 3264 x 2176
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 3264 x 2176
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
16.8MP 48MP
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
10°C Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
22
BEST
2.8
Minimum Aperture
2.8 2.8
Maximum Focal Length
80mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
12 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
14/9 8/6
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Aspheric Element
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 selective
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Selective Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 selective
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Selective Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
800 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
BEST
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum ISO Speed
200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
Flash Guide
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Format
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels 920,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1.48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
BEST
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Art
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Art
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,10
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
4 - 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
21mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 JPN
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 JPN
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
443g 330g
BEST
Height
93.5mm 66.7mm
Depth
63.1mm 59.2mm
Width
130.4mm 121.5mm
Lens Weight
382g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
84mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
69.9mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
497g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-41
Shot Per Battery Charge
330 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
30 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 4704 x 3136
Operating Temperature Range
-10 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 USB

Other Features

Interface
- SD Memory Card Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
93.5 x 130.4 x 63.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 6.3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
60 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
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