Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000

August 16, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Digital SLR Cameras | 72 Comments | |
Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000 Image


The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is one of 2012's most talked-about cameras and the object of desire for many photographers. It's also one of the few cameras to have earned our highest 'Essential' rating. In our full review we called it “the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop.” With our impressions and experiences being so overwhelmingly positive, we have decided to pit the E-M5 against one of the best advanced dSLR cameras of all time - the Nikon D7000.

Why the D7000? Firstly because it boasts one of the most highly regarded sub-frame sensors, one that's found in a number of other cameras, including both SLRs like the Sony A580, Pentax K-5  and K-30, and CSCs like the Sony NEX-5N. Secondly because the two cameras tend to compete in the same price segment. As of writing, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 retails for around $1000/£1000 without a lens, while the Nikon D7000's body-only price is $1100/£800. And thirdly because the Nikon D7000, as “old” as it is, is still Nikon's number one enthusiast/prosumer/semi-professional camera and as such, a worthy opponent for the new Micro Four Thirds flagship.

Overall Handling / Ergonomics

Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000

The most obvious difference between the two cameras is their size. Even though the Nikon D7000 is not even close to being the biggest DSLR in Nikon's line-up, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 still looks - and feels - positively tiny in comparison. This has obvious benefits for anyone wishing to take their camera along on a strenuous hike or simply work discreetly and unobtrusively. Having said that, the smaller size has its downsides too, and the E-M5 is a perfect example of that.

Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000

With both cameras being aimed at the serious photo enthusiast, physical controls are in abundance on both models. This, in and of itself, is a very good thing. Both cameras have dual control wheels, traditional mode dials and a number of direct-access buttons. However, while the Nikon D7000 is very comfortable for anyone with medium to large hands and/or longish fingers, the OM-D E-M5 is quite simply too small for most adults. In addition, some controls - like the all-important shutter release or the on/off switch - are in the wrong place from an ergonomics point of view. Whereas most of these problems can be addressed by outfitting the camera with the optional two-part grip (HLD-6, $300), button clutter and the small size of the individual controls remains an issue. There is no getting around the fact that the Olympus has tiny buttons compared with the Nikon, where each button, lever and switch is of a decent size. And not only are the Nikon's controls bigger, there's more of them too, making adjustments faster and more straightforward.

That said the touchscreen controls of the E-M5 do make up for this, at least partially. Speaking of the screen, the fact that it's articulated lends a bit of extra flexibility to the Olympus. It comes in especially handy when shooting from high and low angles or recording a video clip.

Both cameras are extensively customisable to suit your tastes, and both are encased in sturdy magnesium-alloy bodies that have environmental seals allowing them to be used in wet or dusty locales (if fitted with a similarly weather sealed lens). The D7000's battery is rated for nearly three times as many shots as the E-M5's but actual power consumption will depend heavily on how you use these cameras.

Shutter Sound / Mirror Slap

As noted above, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a much more discreet tool than the Nikon D7000 - and not only because of its smaller size. Like all compact system cameras, the E-M5 lacks a reflex mirror, which means it's considerably quieter when taking a picture. Not that the D7000 is particularly loud - in fact its mirror is a lot less noisy than most other SLRs out there - but it still can't compete with the Olympus in this area. Lacking the electronic shutter option of the newer Panasonic G5, the OM-D E-M5 is not completely silent but the sound of its mechanical shutter - and that of the motor used to cock it - is very effectively muffled meaning your subject must be very close to the camera to hear it, even in a quiet environment. This means the E-M5 is better suited to all photographic genres where unobtrusiveness is a key requirement, including street, stage, church, candid and baby photography to name but a few. (As a side note, the in-body image stabiliser of the Olympus makes a constant humming sound whenever the camera is turned on - this can be mildly annoying to the photographer, especially in the first few days of using the camera, but is inaudible to the subject.)


Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000

For a sub-frame DSLR, the Nikon D7000 has a very nice pentaprism viewfinder - it's fairly big and bright, with 100% frame coverage to boot. The fact that the auto focus points are not permanently marked on the focusing screen and only light up when needed means that viewfinder clutter is thankfully avoided. A compositional grid can be called up via a custom function.

The high-resolution Epson Ultimicron EVF in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is again pretty big, very sharp and generally a joy to use (and I'm saying this as someone who has always preferred optical viewfinders to OVFs in the past). The apparent size of the two finders is broadly similar, though the aspect ratio is of course different. The amount of overlaid information in the E-M5's finder is potentially huge but it's user controllable. For accurate manual focusing you can magnify into the live view feed regardless of whether you're using the EVF or the rear screen. Unlike some Pentax/Ricoh and Sony cameras, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 does not offer a focus peaking feature.

In dim light the EVF “gains up”, which means that in these situations I found it easier to frame my shots with the E-M5 than with the D7000.

Auto Focus

Comparing the auto focus systems of these two cameras has turned out to be one of the most exciting parts of this project - and one that has led to some surprising conclusions.

Let's start with the basics: the Nikon D7000 has an AF module with 39 tightly packed focus sensors as seen in the image below.

Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000Nikon D7000 auto focus points - image courtesy of Nikon

While on paper a 39-point auto focus system sounds impressive, perhaps even overkill to most people, there are two main drawbacks to its implementation in the Nikon D7000. One of these is that a large part of the frame is left un-covered by the AF points (for example, the intersection points of the rule-of-thirds guidelines - not shown here - fall just outside the area covered by the 39 focus sensors). The other issue is that only the 9 sensors in the very centre of the frame are cross-hatched - all the others are line type sensors, with all the drawbacks this entails. You can, thankfully, manually select any of the 39 AF points but choosing one of the off-centre points is always a bit of a gamble - if you're trying to focus on a vertical detail and the chosen AF sensor is only sensitive to horizontal ones you're likely to experience focus hunting and an inability to lock focus. Likewise, these off-centre AF points are not terribly reliable in low light either. Of course I'm not saying the Nikon D7000's AF module is not capable of delivering great results - it is - but if you are in the habit of picking your focus points manually you're almost guaranteed to run into these problems sooner or later.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a contrast-detect auto focus system with 35 user selectable focus points. Although 35 is less than 39, the Olympus's AF points offer much better frame coverage and crucially, there's no difference in their sensitivity - the peripheral focus points behave in exactly the same way as the central ones. In actual use, we have found the E-M5's AF system to be more reliable than the D7000's, at least when focusing on a static subject using an off-centre focus point, particularly in low light. As far as focusing speeds are concerned, the OM-D E-M5 is at least as fast as the D7000, if not faster (note that this also depends on the lens being used).

Selecting an AF point is simple, fast and pretty straightforward with both cameras. On the Nikon D7000, you simply use the eight-way controller for this, with the active focus point highlighted in the viewfinder. On the Olympus OM-D E-M5, you can either use the four-way pad or specify the desired focus point by touch. This is the fastest and easiest method, although it only works when using the rear screen for framing (the E-M5 lacks the Panasonic G5's novel Touchpad AF feature which allows you to move the focus point area with your finger on the LCD while you're looking through the EVF).

Head to Head Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 v Nikon D7000

One area where the Nikon D7000 - and SLRs in general - seem to be superior is keeping a moving subject in focus. Now, with the 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens we've been able to achieve a good keeper rate with the E-M5 set to C-AF and a 4fps burst mode (at its maximum continuous shooting speed of 9fps the E-M5 does not offer focus tracking after the first frame); but it was arguably not too difficult for the camera as almost everything was in focus because of the slow maximum aperture of the lens. We'd love to repeat this test using a fast telephoto lens like the new M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 when we get one to review. At any rate, the Nikon D7000 offers a wider range of AF Area options for shooting with continuous auto focus, including 9-, 21- and 39-point Dynamic Area and 3D tracking. Additionally, the inherent characteristics of a phase-detect auto focus system make it better suited to predictive auto focus.

The above holds true for shooting with the eye-level viewfinder only. If, for whatever reason, you need to use the rear screen for framing, the Nikon falls behind as its Live View AF is much slower than its phase-detect AF system. By contrast, the OM-D E-M5's auto focus system works in the same way regardless of whether you are using the EVF or the rear screen.

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#1 vauve

Thanks a lot for this comparison! Now I know that I don’t have any reason to buy the Olympus, my Nikon D7000 is of very high quality !

12:51 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#2 Ellen Paige

I prefer Oly OM-D E-M5. smaller, lighter and great IQ.

1:16 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#3 CRB

Its just me or the second page doesnt upload? thanks

3:19 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#4 stephen rudolph

i’m looking for a second walkaround and this one looks great.
i could even use it instead of my d7000 when i’m traveling the world i could live without the occasional need for focus-tracking. and since i only use my 18-200mm 3.5-5.6, i’m sure any high end olympus prime would be close to or as good as my nikon. (which is soft at both ends, and not tack sharp anywhere as a matter of fact).

3:25 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#5 Frank Stanton

Your link for the “Next Page” of this article goes nowhere. So how did you manage to get two comments to this article if no one can read this? Something is fishy here.

3:33 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#6 Stewart Stiles

Nothing is fishy. It is just like everything else on the internet, people commenting on articles they haven’t bothered to read. :)
I really do want to read this as I am in the market to replace my 5 year old Oly.

3:56 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#7 Joshua Amahit

The second page doesn’t load photographyblog.com. thanks for fixing it in advance.

3:59 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#8 Mark Goldstein

Hi everyone.

Strange, we can’t see any problems with that page loading.

Is it still a problem?

4:04 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#9 JS


4:05 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#10 Antonio

I am not really convinced that the micro 4/3 is a professional level format. But I would like to heard the opinion of unbiased pros.

4:07 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#11 Mam

I can see the page1(this) and page3, but not for page2…

4:11 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#12 M.

Count me in too. Can’t get access to page two!

4:26 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#13 Vladimir

I cannot open page also…

4:28 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#14 Fredric

I have been trying several times to upload the
next page ( don’t know how many pages the article
has ) for almost 10 minutes and I gave up.
Please check it out,will you ?

4:28 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#15 M.

Page 2 doesn’t open, not even pressing the ‘previous’ button on page 3!

4:42 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#16 Vladimir

I’ve read page 3 and can tell the result of the match: draw.

5:07 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#17 Ed Dombrowski

I cant get second page either but do in fact own both of these cameras. In response to comment#10 I do a few portrait sessions a month to help pay for my photography habit. I have had both Micro 4/3rds and my Nikon gear since the Panasonic GF1 came out. I got the EM-5 in April when it first came out and have to say that since getting it I have only used my Nikon gear for a few events. I am 1.5 features away from ditching my DSLR gear altogether.

.5 - Focus tracking - I dont use it a lot but neither Olympus nor Panasonic has done a good job of implementing this feature. Nikon has found a way with their mirrorless offer so i think it is just a matter of time. When i do need it though i pick up my Nikon.

1.0 Radio capable TTL/High Speed sync - I am ok using manual flash for portrait sessions but do quite often use High Speed sync outside on location. The EM5 can do remote TTL and HSS but it is line of sight and is hit or miss outside in bright light. That being said I did take it outside last week with a FL600R and was able to trigger it from about 25 feet in bright sunlight. This is fine for a portrait session but probably not great if you want to do outside HSS for action sports with remote triggers. The big issue is that currently i dont see either Panasonic or Olympus implementing this like Canon recently did and I dont think there is the user base to entice pocketwizard or another trigger manufacturer to do it.

Those two things aside, the lenses are amazing, it is a complete system and if those two items are not a deal breaker for you I would say M 4/3 can easily replace an APSC DSLR. I would compare the image quality of the EM5 with the D7000 any day.

Now only if i could read page 2…..

5:10 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#18 Elemmaciltur

Count me in with the loading problem: I haven’t been able to load the 2nd page all afternoon. :-(

5:13 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#19 Billy

Ditto on page 2 not loading. I’ve been waiting for 11 minutes now and it’s still trying to load even as I write.

***This comparison seems to be too important and is regrettable in that it deprives your bloggers from reading. Please help us out by fixing the problem. Thank you.

5:22 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#20 REALM3

No ‘next page’ for me either?

5:30 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#21 Low Budget Dave

I also can’t get to the second page, (but I am reading the article on a smartphone during my lunch break.)

5:31 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#22 phil-dore

No ‘next’ page for me either/

5:32 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#23 Mark Goldstein

Thanks for your patience everyone - it should work now.

If not, try adding a trailing slash to the end of the URL:

6:01 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#24 Joshua Amahit

It works now. I just finished the reading the entirety of the head to head review. Excellent work guys at Photographyblog.

6:16 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#25 phil-dore

Forward…Thanks. pd

6:17 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#26 Stephen Cysewski

I made my decision, sold my D7000 and lenses and am using the OM-D E-M5 for all my photography. The Panasonic 12-35mm lens is equivalent to the Nikkor 24-70mm and about half the size and weight.

7:57 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#27 Adriana

just as Mark implied I am taken by surprise that a student able to profit $7748 in 1 month on the internet. did you read this link (Click on menu Home more information)  http://goo.gl/SjRSh   

8:02 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#28 Adriana

just as Ruby explained I am blown away that a single mom can earn $5046 in four weeks on the internet. have you seen this link (Click on menu Home more information)  http://goo.gl/TcYyE 

8:04 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#29 Adriana

as Ruby responded I’m stunned that you can get paid $6688 in four weeks on the internet. did you see this web page (Click on menu Home more information)    http://goo.gl/TtKoz 

8:12 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#30 Adriana

just as Gary said I am alarmed that someone can profit $9610 in one month on the internet. did you read this page (Click on menu Home more information)    http://goo.gl/xSszo 

8:44 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#31 Jae

The OM-D clearly wins the ISO contest. In ISO 12,800 the letters are far more visible than in the D7000.

10:48 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#32 Don

“In short both cameras deliver an excellent dynamic range at base ISO, ... .....”

Mark, Is it possible to compare the dynamic range at high ISO like 800 and 1600, as at those settings both cameras still yield very find results in terms of noise? 

One of the often debated issue is how the E-M5’s dynamic range really is, due to extraordinary results from some testers.  Thanks.

4:13 am - Friday, August 17, 2012

#33 Photographs

super camars :) , camara specifications will reflect on photographs

7:05 am - Friday, August 17, 2012

#34 Adrian

Great review, thanks. what it underlines for me is that the 4/3 system is very capable of taking the shots I want, BUT. The camera bodies are too small. The real advantage of the system is in the lens - small and compact. Give me a 4/3 camera that can handle action on the field and general travel work that can be used by normal hands (i.e Big in respect to these cameras) and I’ll buy it.

8:11 am - Friday, August 17, 2012

#35 Run76

Great comparison. I actually made the switch from the D7000 with a couple of lenses and a p7000 for portability to get the whole package all in one with the E-M5. The D7000 is agreat camera so it wasn’t an easy decision. I also think there are more great lenses for the Nikon system. In the end I don’t regret it one bit. I have a small kid and carrying the DSLR equipment became too much of a hastle most of the times. So I ended up using the P7000 most times and was not satisfied with the outcomes (dof, Lowlight, etc.). The e-m5 is actually very close to the D7000 and better than older DSLRs like the D90 that I used before. Highly recommended

8:11 pm - Friday, August 17, 2012

#36 zen billings

thank you zoltan arva-toth, for this comparison review, i have been reading you camera reviews for years and your are my most trusted reviewer. always digging a little deeper and more insightful than any other reviewer i have thus far encountered. and, once again you have covered uncharted territory! congratulations on a job well done on this review.

1:28 am - Saturday, August 18, 2012

#37 StuT

I can see both pages, I use an iMac. keep up the good work!

11:57 am - Sunday, August 19, 2012

#38 StuT

Sorry! I can see all three pages.

12:00 pm - Sunday, August 19, 2012

#39 Rob

I notice in the indoor light tests, you didn’t really test the BIG advantage of Olympus, that with a fast prime on Nikon, and a fast prime on Olympus, Nikon will have 0 image stabilization, and Olympus will therefore be a few stops ahead (thereby eliminating the advantage of the Nikon sensor). I point this out, because I have had an Olympus, and Panasonic 4/3 and the panasonic has given me many blurred pictures, because it doesn’t stabilize its primes either.

7:39 pm - Monday, August 20, 2012

#40 Willy

If you like fast primes, the micro-4/3 system has a much better selection.  Nikon will never make a 16mm DX f2.0, or a 23mm DX f/0.95, or a 35mm DX f/0.95, or a 60mm DX f/1.8, or a 100mm DX f/1.8.  They think such lenses won’t sell to the market segment that buys DX..  Their fast primes are all full frame, so they are large and heavy.

2:43 am - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#41 Willy

If you want fast, high quality primes micro-4/3 is better.  Nikon will never make these:

16mm DX f/2.0
23mm DX f/0.95
35mm DX f/0.95
60mm DX f/1.8
100mm DX f/1.8

Nikon’s did come out with a 35mm DX f/1.8, but all their other fast primes are for FX and therefore large and heavy.

4:35 am - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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10:38 am - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#43 kurt

Your site’s in sort of bad shape. The ‘second page won’t load problem’ is a UI problem. The link to the second page is decorated to look like a button. A real button can be clicked anywhere to be activated, but this fake button is just a text link with fancy CSS. You have to click directly on the text to get to the second page.

Furthermore, if there’s an error filling out the comment form, you lose your whole comment.

The site could use some work if you want more eyeballs viewing all of the pages in your review and coming back for more. As it is, it’s mildly annoying.

Thanks for the review, btw.

2:39 pm - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#44 stephen rudolph

well, my d7000 may be tucked in a drawer if i get the olympus.. looks like a great travel camera..
i may be getting my hands on an old ‘barbie digital’ camera !!!.. Its light !  its small ! and it comes in a beautiful shade of pink !!!

2:58 pm - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#45 Brian

Might be more interesting to see the Olympus OMD go head to head with the new Canon EOS M?

4:50 pm - Friday, August 24, 2012

#46 TBoB

I need to have the ability to take the clearest videos on the market and the best pics…still not sure which camera to buy for the money! Your article was excellent but which camera offers the all around best Video?

7:48 pm - Saturday, September 1, 2012

#47 Billy

For the money, you need to get the Canon DSLR cameras and lenses made specifically for movie-making…and you’ll be spending somewhere between $10K to $20K. But you can get a spectacular DSLR that makes outstanding movies for a little bit less: the Nikon D800, for about $3K….a real bargain compared to the other, don’t you think?! And I’m dead serious about this Nikon recommendation.

3:53 am - Sunday, September 2, 2012

#48 Low Budget Dave

TBoB, if very high quality video is more important than shallow depth of field, you will likely prefer the MFT cameras.  Keep an eye out for the Panasonic GH series, which are optimized for video.  The still-images are pretty close to the Oly OMD, and the video is 99% as good as a dedicated video cam.

8:05 am - Sunday, September 2, 2012

#49 Steve

Thanks much for doing this review. It’s exactly the kind of comparison I was looking for.

Maybe I’m just missing it, but did you do the dynamic range comparison using JPGs or RAW files? If JPGs, I’m curious if shooting RAW would have produced better results in either or both cameras, and if so, whether the performance was/would be closer or farther apart.

Would be great to find out!

Again, thanks!

6:06 am - Saturday, September 8, 2012

#50 tobrizz

Needed a good review on Olympus E-M5. Get a clear picture of it, for making a decision easy.

2:57 pm - Sunday, September 9, 2012

#51 Zoltan Arva-Toth


We used raw files for the dynamic range comparison.

11:07 pm - Monday, September 10, 2012

#52 Steve

Thanks, Zoltan. That’s what I needed to know.

9:34 pm - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

#53 Dougbm

Doesn’t the D700 look old fashioned next to the clean modern lines of the OMD (mistakenly called a retro design as it is available in a classic silver and faux leather combo)? I think there is no modern SLR that looks properly modern. Maybe Apple should have a shot at a new design. I have looked at the OMD but am not yet convinced. More interested in the Fuji E-X1.

9:08 pm - Saturday, September 15, 2012

#54 Daphne_Bonaire

any suggestions towards which camera to use for underwater photography (scuba diving) ?

10:24 pm - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

#55 BoopstersView

Funnily enough I have both of these camera’s.  I love me Nikon D7000 and also love my Olympus OM-D.  Love my Nikon for Studio work.  The battery life is just second to none, I have never to date run down the battery, it just goes on forever… and everything else is amazing on it.  The OM-D size is just a different kettle of fish.  The Art effect mode, well you’ve just gotta have it.  Its fantastic for travelling, hardly any weight at all and with a good variable len you can shoot anything making it very versatile.  I took it out this weekend and took a whopping 4000 shots!  I could believe it!  If you have the Art mode on full, one shot becomes 12 amazing differenet effects.  You could do these in photoshop but you need the right skill to do this, and I haven’t.  So this camera does it for you.  The only down side is the battery!  It did last a while but not long enough and if you buy a 3rd party one then they are even worse.  I havent got a battery grip at the moment but definatley feel that I need one.  I definatley havent got small lady like hands!  Always been told that I have Navi’s hands! Just ordered a battery grip and wil feel better with one.  I just dont feel secure holding it and twisting it around for portrait when out and about.  I need the battery grip not only for the extended battery life but also to feel more balanced and secure holding it.  So my view is get them both!  Both serves different purposes.

6:21 pm - Monday, September 24, 2012

#56 jovic

i got them both, nikon D7k & OMD, what i really like most in OMD is the fastest(as of now) AF, in a very crucial lighting condition, OMD truly saved me..

2:59 pm - Sunday, September 30, 2012

#57 Ben

I switched from D7000 to EM-5 after few years of being a Nikon customer. So far I am happy with the change, specially because of the weight and bulk difference. Something I miss from my D7000 is the perspective correction feature, the flash options such as strobe, and the interval timer shooting. Also, I have figured out the EM-5 from the most part but I have done it on my own. The EM-5 manual is TERRIBLE and there are no third party user guides yet. I was used to the thorough explanation, step by step, provided in Nikon manuals.

11:18 pm - Thursday, October 11, 2012

#58 AA

Thanks for this comparison. I’m one of the happy switchers from APS-C DSLR to E-M5. Size does matter especially for travelling, hiking and all that.

Ben. I agree that the user manual and the menu system are awful. This site provides some useful tips:

1:57 am - Saturday, October 13, 2012

#59 Dougbm

I had a few try outs in a store with one but remain unconvinced. Horrible menu system. I don’t want to have to research how to set up the thing. Also the tiny buttons are unnecessarily small. The on screen info in the efv is messy and again too small. What a relief to get back to my X100. Really like the idea but will wait and see if Olympus can refine it. Probably prefer the Fuji X-E1.

2:37 am - Saturday, October 13, 2012

#60 Ben

AA. Thanks for the tip. It is helpful. I just think that I need to find the time to write a user guide. That might help me to pay the bills. ;0

4:38 am - Saturday, October 13, 2012

#61 Jim

Thank you for the review comparing both cameras Nikon 7000 and the E-M5. I am stil learning my E-M5, but continue to appreciate leaving the weight behind. I have carted around Blads, Rollies, Canons, and Olympus for many years. I am very satisfid with M-E5 for the most part. However, strong sunlight over one’s shoulder is a severe challenge to the EVF and Live View. After this criticism, I am very happy with the 12-50 lens. I have compared it to the legendary 12-60 zuiko and find only slight differences in color accuracy and resolution. However, leaning tower aberations are much more pronounced with the 12-50 lens. The 75-300 M zuiko is quite good as well. Exposures are usualy right on and can be compensated by a quick turn of a dial. I highly recommend this camera (OMD-M-E5)

7:16 pm - Friday, October 19, 2012

#62 Pat

On the third page, is the first picture have the camera names reversed?  Should the D7000 be on the right side like the rest of the comparisons?

11:31 pm - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#63 Ray

I’ve had many cameras over the years and I have to say my relatively new D7000 is a disappointment. One problem is that the images aren’t sharp. You can adjust settings to compensate for the picture softness but only if you shoot in manual mode.  Plus the camera is heavy and lugging it around is less than ideal especially if you need a stout tripod to support it. Another problem mentioned in the article is color rendition. The D7000 over saturates your shots. And photos with high contrast I’ve found washes out a lot of detail. I took a picture of a street in NYC Chinatown with satellite dishes on the roofs of buildings. You can’t even see the satellite dishes in the picture. Sure, you can correct these flaws somewhat in photoshop but you shouldn’t need to. Taking a nice shot with the D7000 is too much trouble. If shopping for a camera I’d look for something other than a D7000.

9:29 pm - Thursday, November 15, 2012

#64 stephen rudolph

to Ray :
i think your problem MAY be the understanding of your camera. first of all which lens are you using ?. that makes a big difference.. my 18-200mm is just so-so , but my 50mm 1.8 is TACK sharp.
what do you mean by setting softness only in manual mode ?  i’ve never heard of that. speaking of settings, you may want to re-visit that part of the manual. saturation is EASILY compensated in the user settings. and contrast (which maybe is what you are talking about softness), is easily set in custom settings as well. it is widely suggested to set your contrast to -1. i dont know about you, but i’ve taken thousands of street shots (and a few dozen roof tops) and have never missed any details.. after finding your own preferences, you set them in 1 custom setting.. and you never have to touch anything again.
now if you know all of this, and i have insulted your intelligence, then maybe your camera needs a repair.
And i may also mention that i have over a hundred shots taken with my d7000 which have passed the inspectors of one of the most anal stock agencies in North America.
the only thing i agree with you is the weight… that’s why i’m thinking of getting a micro 4/3rds to wet my appetite.. hopefully, i will be able to dump my 2 lb brick…
now go back and rtfm.
good luck

11:44 pm - Thursday, November 15, 2012

#65 NikonSam

the address for the second page is http://www.photographyblog.com/articles/head_to_head_review_olympus_om-d_e-m5_v_nikon_d7000/2

7:43 pm - Monday, November 26, 2012

#66 Ray

To Steve,
I’m using the standard issue Nikkor 18-105 lens. You’re right to say my understanding of the camera isn’t where it needs to be. The manual for the D7000 is actually 325 pages plus I haven’t shot with it nearly enough to gauge its overall effectiveness. For the sake of simplicity a basic Powershot point and shoot camera works well and is much handier than the D7000. I’m just not used to lugging around a heavy DSLR with so many functions. Back in the day I’d always carry around a heavy camera bag with flash, plenty of film, various lenses, tripod and not mind too much. Maybe I’m just getting lazy! I’m sure I’ll be happy with my purchase once I understand the D7000’s full capability. Thanks for your help.

8:48 pm - Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Pictures from http://www.3foto.ro are made with D7000.

12:32 am - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#68 iphone

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7:27 am - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#69 Mike

Very nice comparison, but looking for Nikon 1 V1 vs Olympus E-P5 , one comparison available here -  http://thenewcamera.com/olympus-e-p5-vs-nikon-1-v2/

2:55 pm - Monday, May 20, 2013

#70 JT

I have both the D7000 and the EM5.
For practical purposes there is virtually no difference between them in IQ = certainly nothing meaningful.

I find the EM5 AF faster and more accurate usually.
The D7000 does get ahead in moving targets in AFC.
I prefer the OVF and controls of the D7000, but not enough to make me pick it up every day and tote it around.

I bought the D7000 before I bought the Em5 and it had been my intention to take it everywhere with me (I always carry a day pack anyway).

It took about 3 months for that to be a pain and about 6 to stop carrying it everywhere.

Then the EM5 came out and I got it and loved it.
I carry it every where with a 17mm ƒ1.8 and the 45mm ƒ/1.8.

It’s really not that noticable.
As a result I shoot more.

But the telling thing is I kept the D7000.
I just like to shoot it.

So for me, they are equally good, and the downsides and upsides rest of very specific use cases.

10:44 am - Saturday, December 21, 2013

#71 Alvino Handiman

Wow, really helpful article. I appreciate the photo comparisons too.

9:21 pm - Monday, November 24, 2014

#72 James McNeil

What a great review! Thanks!

2:36 pm - Friday, February 27, 2015