Olympus EM1 Mark II vs Sony A6500

olympus-em1-ii-vs-sony-a650Olympus EM1 II is obviously a great camera, the camera can perform everywhere where most of its competitors struggle, but we are most excited to see its performance comparing with Sony a6500. Let’s see its detail comparison

Features / Models Olympus EM1 Mark II Sony A6500
Megapixel 20 megapixels 24.2 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
TruePic VIII Bionz X
Low pass filter yes Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis 5-axis
AF System Contrast + Phase Detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 121 points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-25600 100-51200
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/32000 sec 60 sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 60fps 11fps
Video 4k @24fps 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.0″ TFT- LCD Rear Screen (1037K pixels) 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) N.A 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In, Built-In + NFC
Dimensions  134 x 91 x 67 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 574 g 453g

Olympus EM1 Mark II vs Sony A6500

Image quality– The Sony A6500 camera features APS-C sized 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processor and Sony’s latest front-end LSI, ensuring you to get superior image and video quality with low noise even at lowlight shooting conditions. Now look at the sensor size of Olympus EM1 II, which is Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) comparatively smaller that the APSC size of Sony A6500. Hence, we don’t expect the image quality of EM1 II can surpass the quality of Sony A6500 (lesser sharper than A6500).

AF system– We can say that the AF system of Sony A6500 is just unmatched that utilizes 4D FOCUS system as its predecessor, A6300. However, we have no doubt that both the cameras have Fast Hybrid AF system inside the core for fast and accurate tracking of the subjects, but Sony is changing the game with its 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which effectively improves subject detection and tracking performance. Olympus EM1 II, On the other hand, features 121 AF points only, may not be as effective as Sony A6500 in tracking the desire subjects.

Continuous frame rates– The 20MP Olympus EM1 II camera is able to shoot at up to 18 fps in Raw, with AF and if you don’t shoot with AF, then you can shoot at upto 60 fps at full-res Raw with EM1 II. But, Sony A6500 allows you to shoot at higher frame rates of 11fps.

Verdict- Sony A6500 is the camera that gives you better picture quality, AF system and few more advantages. So if you spare your cash on this, you can experience next level photography. Now decision is yours.

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