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Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Samsung NX500

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Samsung NX500

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Olympus OM-D E-M1
Samsung NX500

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Eight more awards
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has 25 awards from expert review sites, but the Samsung NX500 has 17 awards.
Marginally better expert reviews
Based on 127 expert reviews, the average review score of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 90%, whereas the average rating of the Samsung NX500 is 86% (based on 93 reviews).
5 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.

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.

Cheaper by $200
The Samsung NX500 costs $200 less than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
5 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Marginally better user reviews
Based on 89 reviews, the average user review score of the Samsung NX500 is 93%, however the average rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 89% (based on 437 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 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.

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.

More expensive by $200
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is $200 more expensive than the Samsung NX500.
Fewer sellers
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Samsung NX500 is stocked by 6 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by two months
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is two months older than the Samsung NX500.
User review Rating is marginally Worse
The average user rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 89%, whereas the average user rating of the Samsung NX500 is 93% (based on 89 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
Eight less awards
The Samsung NX500 has only received 17 awards, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has received 25 awards.
Expert review Rating is marginally Worse
The Samsung NX500's average expert score is 86%, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1's is 90% (based on 127 reviews).

Awards

25 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
camerastuffreview.com/nl/: Good Stuff
Cnetfrance.fr: Editor's Choice
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
focus-numerique.fr: Recommended
fotomaniak.pl: 5 Star
Good Gear Guide.com.au: Editor's Choice
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 6 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
mashable.com: Mashable Choice
onfoto.ru: Gold
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
ua.gecid.com: Recommended
17 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
digifotopro.nl: Gold
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
futurelooks.com: Recommended
hardware.info: Bronze Award
hardwarecanucks.com: Dam Good
ixbt.com: Original Design
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 5 star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
mashable.com: Mashable Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

26 months Ago 23 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.3MP 28.2MP
BEST
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
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
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Lens Mount Interface
 Samsung NX
 Samsung NX

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
BEST
 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 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
BEST
 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)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
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 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
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
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

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
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,30
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data DRIMe V
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
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
443g 285g
BEST
Height
93.5mm 63.5mm
Depth
63.1mm 43.2mm
Width
130.4mm 119.4mm
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)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP1130
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 - 85
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported (mac)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Operating systems supported (mac)
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Operating systems supported (windows)

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data ILauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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