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
Image stabilizer Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has an image stabilizer, however the Sigma DP2 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Full HD video Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 supports Full HD video, but the Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video. Read more

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 1,037,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sigma DP2 Merrill is only a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (117,000 pixels lower).
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).
5 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 46MP digital camera. That's 29.7MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (46MP). 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 megapixels Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 48MP digital camera. That's 31.2MP more than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (48MP).
113g lighter Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a weight of 330g, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443g 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.

Cheaper by $90
The Sigma DP2 Merrill costs $909.00, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is $999.00.
1 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
29.7MP lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a megapixel of 16.3MP, whereas the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 46MP 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 megapixels Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a total megapixels of 16.8MP, but the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 48MP digital camera (31.2MP more).
26% heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443g digital camera. That's 113g heavier than the Sigma DP2 Merrill (330g). 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.

$90 more expensive
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is more expensive than the Sigma DP2 Merrill by $90.
Less retailers
Only 2 sellers sells the Olympus OM-D E-M1, whereas 3 retailers sell the Sigma DP2 Merrill. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
5 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Does not support Full HD video Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1 supports Full HD video. Read more

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

117,000 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 117,000 pixels lower than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (920,000 pixels).
Older by over two years
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is two years 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

No awards found 2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

33 months Ago 56 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.3MP 46MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
16.8MP 48MP
BEST
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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 of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 8/6

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
800 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
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
BEST
 50
 160
 250
 500
 1600
 2500
 25
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s Unknown - Click to provide data
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
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
BEST
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
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
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
920,000 pixels

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII Unknown - Click to provide data
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
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
 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
Weight (including Battery)
497g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-41
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

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
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Frame

Technical Details

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