Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II : A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II: We compare the Nikon D5500, an Entry-Level DSLR camera with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the Olympus E-M10 II, an Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor. Which of these cameras is a better choice for you? Here's a brief overview of the specifications before we go into more detail.

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D5500

E-M10 II

Megapixels 24.2 16.1
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format APS-C (DX) Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor 1.5x 2.0x
AA Filter None None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 - 25,600 200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO No None
AF Points 39 81 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points 9 0 phase
Continuous Mode 5fps 8fps
LCD 3.2" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,036,800 dots 1,037,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x 1.23x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 60"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 100 28
RAW Buffer Size 7 18
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 0.4s 0.8s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No No
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No No
Battery Life (CIPA) 820 shots 320 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL14a) Yes (BLS-50)
Weight 14.8 oz (420g) 13.8 oz (390g)
Size 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2015

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Touch Screen Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 1.040k dots
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II Common Weaknesses

 Environmental Sealing No vs No

Olympus E-M10 II vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Olympus E-M10 II is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 4mm narrower, 14mm shorter and 23mm thinner than Nikon D5500. It is also 30g lighter than the Nikon D5500.

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Sensor Comparison

The Nikon D5500 has a 24.0MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features an Expeed 4 processor. Meanwhile, the Olympus E-M10 II has a 16.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a TruePic VII processor.

The D5500 lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increase sharpness and details. It also has 8 megapixels more than the E-M10 II. Lastly, the Nikon D5500 has a 1.6x Larger sensor area than the Olympus E-M10 II. A larger sensor allows you to have more control over the depth of field and blurry background.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

 Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
 Battery Life 820 shots vs 320 shots
Microphone Port Yes vs No
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 5.8m
Color Depth 24.1 vs 23.1
Dynamic Range 14.0 vs 12.5
Low Light ISO 1438 vs 842
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 14.12µm2
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Olympus E-M10 II

  • Megapixels –  8.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Nikon D5500 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • Cross-type AF Points – 9 vs 0 phase.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and it’s fully articulated.
  • Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 28.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 320 shots.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Olympus E-M10 II

Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points 81 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 8.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight 390 g vs 420 g
Price $549 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±2 EV
Focus Bracketing Yes vs No
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs No

Advantages of the Olympus E-M10 II Over the Nikon D5500

  • Body Image Stabilization – The Olympus E-M10 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 81 Contrast vs 39.
  • Continuous mode – 8fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 95%.
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 18 vs 7.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • Size – The Olympus E-M10 II is noticeably smaller.

Video: Olympus E-M10 II Hands-on Review