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.
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
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
50% more pixels
LCD Screen Size
3.2″ vs 3″
0.2 inches larger display
820 shots vs 320 shots
500 more frames with a single charge
Yes vs No
High-quality audio recording option
12.0m vs 5.8m
6.2m longer range
24.1 vs 23.1
Higher color depth
14.0 vs 12.5
Higher dynamic range
Low Light ISO
1438 vs 842
Better High ISO performance
Sensor Pixel Area
15.28µm2 vs 14.12µm2
8% larger pixel area
Selfie Friendly LCD
Yes vs No
Rotate LCD for taking Selfies
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.