Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-M5 vs E-620

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

OM-D E-M5
8.8
E-620
8.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

OM-D E-M5
7.0
E-620
6.9
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

OM-D E-M5
8.0
E-620
7.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

OM-D E-M5
9.4
E-620
9.1
Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, 43rumors.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

OM-D E-M5
8.8
E-620
8.4

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5 

Camera Rocket recommends the Olympus OM-D E-M5  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of OM-D E-M5 vs E-620

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

OM-D E-M5
826 ISO
E-620
536 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

OM-D E-M5
277 ms
E-620
298 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

OM-D E-M5
56 ms
E-620
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

OM-D E-M5
1,100 ms
E-620
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

OM-D E-M5
9 fps
E-620
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

OM-D E-M5
500 photos
E-620
500 photos

Features Key features of the OM-D E-M5  vs E-620 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

OM-D E-M5
15.9 MP
E-620
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

OM-D E-M5
25,600 ISO
E-620
3,200 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

E-620
2.7"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

OM-D E-M5
0.44x
E-620
0.48x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

OM-D E-M5
14.1 microns
E-620
19.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

OM-D E-M5  vs E-620 

8.0
7.2
This is essentially impossible and closer examination shows the last point at which it clearly differentiates between the lines is actually nearer 2600 (which is what you'd expect of a sensor of this resolution).
OM-D E-M5

10.0
10.0
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
OM-D E-M5

9.0
8.0
Overall build quality is very high, with the E-M5’s magnesium alloy outer casing fully weather-sealed against dirt and moisture.
OM-D E-M5

8.4
7.3
Color Creator, the hue/saturation color correction tool, doesn't do anything new but I think it's one of the most natural interfaces I've seen for making these adjustments.
OM-D E-M5

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

OM-D E-M5  vs
E-620 
Type LiveMOS NMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456 4032 x 3024
Size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 2.0x
Pixel size 14.1 microns 19.9 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

display

Type OLED LCD
Size 3" 2.7"
Resolution 610 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 60 s 60 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 4 fps
Battery life 500 500
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 277 ms 298 ms
Shutter lag 56 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 1,100 ms 1,300 ms

video

OM-D E-M5  vs
E-620 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps None
Shoots video in 24p No N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack Proprietary N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.92x 0.96x
Viewfinder size 0.44x 0.48x

form factor

Size 122 x 89 x 43 mm 130 x 94 x 60 mm
Thickness 43 mm 60 mm
Weight 425 g 515 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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