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

Megapixels24.216.1
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.5x2.0x
AA FilterNoneNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40004608 x 3456
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountNikon FX/DXMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISONoNone
AF Points3981 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points90 phase
Continuous Mode5fps8fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots1,037,000 dots
TouchscreenYesYes
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.23x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesNo
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10028
RAW Buffer Size718
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time0.4s0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoNo
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots320 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes (BLS-50)
Weight14.8 oz (420g)13.8 oz (390g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20152015

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
Touch ScreenYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
LCD Screen Resolution1.037k dots vs 1.040k dots
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Olympus E-M10 II Common Weaknesses

 Environmental SealingNo 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 Resolution24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
 Battery Life820 shots vs 320 shots
Microphone PortYes vs No
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 5.8m
Color Depth24.1 vs 23.1
Dynamic Range14.0 vs 12.5
Low Light ISO1438 vs 842
Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 14.12µm2
Selfie Friendly LCDYes 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 StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points81 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed1/16000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting8.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight390 g vs 420 g
Price$549 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±2 EV
Focus BracketingYes vs No
Smartphone Remote ControlYes 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