Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Samsung NX500

Olympus OM-D E-M1
Samsung NX500

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
800.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 800.00, but the Samsung NX500 only has 205.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 60s. That's 30s longer than the Samsung NX500 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixels. That's 1,000 pixels higher than the Samsung NX500 (1,036,000 pixels).
7 Reasons For
43% higher megapixel Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 28.2MP digital camera. That's 11.9MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (28.2MP). 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.

46% more total megapixels Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 30.7MP digital camera. That's 13.9MP more than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (30.7MP).
Smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Samsung NX500 is 100 minimum ISO speed. That's 100 smaller than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (100).
50% higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Samsung NX500 is 60fps JPEG frame rate. That's 30fps higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (60fps).
Hugely lighter Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a weight of 285g, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443g digital camera (158g 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.

370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Samsung NX500 is 370.00, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Cheaper by $299
The Samsung NX500 costs $299.10 less than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
74% lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.3MP digital camera. That's 11.9MP lower than the Samsung NX500 (28.2MP). 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.

83% less total megapixels Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.8MP digital camera. That's 13.9MP less than the Samsung NX500 (30.7MP).
50% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200. That's 100 bigger than the Samsung NX500 (100).
Vastly lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 30fps. That's 30fps lower than the Samsung NX500 (60fps).
A lot heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a weight of 443g, however the Samsung NX500 is a 285g digital camera (158g lighter). 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.

Only 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Samsung NX500 only takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More expensive by $299
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is $299.10 more expensive than the Samsung NX500.
Older by eight months
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is eight months older than the Samsung NX500.
3 Reasons Against
Only 205.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 205.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only has 800.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Samsung NX500 is only 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 30s shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Samsung NX500 is only 1,036,000 pixels display resolution. That's 1,000 pixels lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (1,036,000 pixels).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.3MP 28.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
Maximum Image Resolution
 6480 x 4320
 6480 x 4320
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
16.8MP 30.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.6
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16 - 50
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 9/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Samsung NX
 Samsung NX
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 43mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
800
BEST
205
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
 Auto
 100
 25600
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
 Auto
 100
 25600
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200 100
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash off
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide Number
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
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

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 H.265
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 H.265
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 64GB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 AMOLED
 AMOLED
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
1,036,000 pixels
Flip-Out Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
Photo Effects
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,30
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII DRIMe V
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
4 - 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
21mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 HEB
 THA
 JPN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 SRP
 CRO
 PER
 VIE
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 HEB
 THA
 JPN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 SRP
 CRO
 PER
 VIE

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
443g 285g
BEST
Height
93.5mm 63.5mm
Depth
63.1mm 43.2mm
Width
130.4mm 119.4mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 111g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 31mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 64.8mm
Weight (including Battery)
497g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP1130
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,130mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots 370 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 32 - 104
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
30 - 90 5 - 85
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data ILauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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