Nikon D7100 vs Olympus PEN E-P5: which is the best enthusiast-level camera?

Nikon D7100 vs Olympus PEN E-P5: which is the best enthusiast-level camera?

Recently we compared the Canon and Nikon systems to see what each had to offer. In this head-to-head we look beyond the big two; our Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5 comparison aims to find out which is the best enthusiast-level camera.

Nikon D7100 vs Olympus PEN E-P5: which is the best enthusiast-level camera?

Introducing the contenders

Nikon D7100 ($1,197/£844 body only) vs Olympus PEN E-P5 ($999/£899 body only)

Nikon D7100
Although this is APS-C (DX) format DSLR has the same effective pixel count (24.1 million) as the D5200, there’s no anti-aliasing filter so it can record slightly sharper images.

Nikon’s EXPEED 3 processing engine enables a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400, which is expandable to ISO 25600. For more, see our Nikon D7100 review.

Olympus PEN E-P5
This retro-styled Micro Four Thirds compact system camera (CSC) uses the same 16.1MP sensor and TruePic VI processing engine as the highly respected Olympus OM-D (See our Olympus OM-D E-M10 review and our Olympus OM-D E-M1 review videos.

Sensitivity can be set in the range ISO 100-25600, and Wi-Fi technology is built-in to allow remote control of the camera.

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Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: 1. How does the handling compare?

Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: 1. How does the handling compare?

Nikon D7100
Nikon has used familiar SLR-style controls for the D7100, with a healthy collection of buttons and dials providing quick access to most features.

At 675g/1.5lbs, most users will find that they need to use it two-handed, with the left hand supporting the lens and using the controls on the left.

Olympus E-P5
At 378g the E-P5 feels solid and well-made, but is light enough to be held one-handed.

All the key features can be reached quickly via physical controls, while a switch changes the function of the two main control dials.

In addition, the touchscreen gives a quicker means of controlling the camera.

Olympus wins

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Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: 2. Is there a viewfinder?

Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: 2. Is there a viewfinder?

Nikon D7100
Yes, the D7100 has an optical pentaprism viewfinder built-in, which covers 100% of the field of view.

In addition, images can be composed on the 8cm/3.2-inch 1,228,800-dot LCD, but this is fixed rather than tilting, and it’s not touch-sensitive.

Olympus E-P5
There’s no viewfinder built-in, but the VF-4 External Electronic viewfinder is available for around $279/£249 if you can’t live without one.

Otherwise images can be composed on the 7.6cm/3-inch 1,037,000-dot touchscreen.

This tilting unit is handy when shooting landscape-format images from high or low angles, and provides another way of controlling the camera.

Nikon wins

Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: Handling and Viewfinder
Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: AF and moving subjects
Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-P5: Image quality and Conclusion

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