Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II: Nikon's Semi-Professional DSLR, the D750, vs Olympus' Pro Mirrorless camera, the E-M1 II. The latter features a 20 MP sensor while the former has a 24 MP sensor. Here's a quick look at the main specifications before we go into more detail.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Nikon D750 Specs

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II – Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D750

Olympus E-M1 II

Megapixels24.320.4
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatFull Frame (FX)Micro Four Thirds
Crop FactorNone2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6016 x 40165184 X 3888
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountNikon FXMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 12,800200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO50 - 51,200None
AF Points51121 Hybrid
Cross-type AF Points15121 phase
Continuous Mode6.5fps18fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,229,000 dots1,037,000 dots
TouchscreenNoYes
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.70x1.48x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)4096x2160 (24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeSD + SDSD + SD
Dual Card SlotsYesYes
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/32000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size40118
RAW Buffer Size10102
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2501/250
Startup Time0.5s0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 3.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)1230 shots440 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL15)Yes (BLH-1)
Weight26.5 oz (750g)20.2 oz (574g)
Size5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1"5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20142016

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 20 MP
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Headphone PortYes vs Yes
Environmental SealingYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
Storage Slotvs 2
Smartphone Remote ControlYes vs Yes

Olympus E-M1 II vs Nikon D750 Size Comparison

Mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller than their DSLR counterparts. The same holds true for the Olympus E-M1 II. It is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 7mm narrower, 22mm shorter and 11mm thinner than the Nikon D750.

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II – Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II – Comparison

Furthermore, the Olympus E-M1 II is noticeably lighter than the Nikon D750. 266g lighter. And, since the Nikon D750 has a Full frame sensor and the Olympus E-M1 II has a smaller Four-Thirds sensor, the Olympus E-M1 II's lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are generally lighter and smaller than the Nikon D750 lenses.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Nikon D750 Sensor Comparison

The Nikon D750 has a 24.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features an Expeed 4 processor. Meanwhile, the Olympus E-M1 II has a 20.0MP Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features the TruePic VIII processor.

The Nikon D750 has a 3.8x Larger sensor area than Olympus E-M1 II. Larger sensors allow you more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Olympus E-M1 II

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Touch ScreenYes vs No
Max ISO25.600 vs 12.800
Number of Focus Points121 vs 51
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting15.0fps vs 6.5fps
Weight574 g vs 840 g
Price$1,699 vs $2,000
Max Video Resolution4096 x 2060 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync PortYes vs No
Pixel Shift High-Resolution ModeYes (50.0MP) vs No
Focus BracketingYes vs No

Advantages of the Olympus E-M1 II Over Nikon D750

  • AA Filter – The Olympus E-M1 II has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Olympus E-M1 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 121 Hybrid vs 51.
  • Continuous mode – 18fps vs 6.5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/32000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 118 vs 40.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 102 vs 10.
  • USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.
  • Weight – The Olympus E-M1 II weighs 176g less.
  • Size – The Olympus E-M1 II is noticeably smaller.

Video: Olympus E-M1 II Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D750

Built-in FlashYes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution24 MP vs 20 MP
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.229k dots vs 1.037k dots
Battery Life1230 shots vs 350 shots
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 9.1m
Color Depth24.8 vs 23.7
Dynamic Range14.5 vs 12.8
Low-Light ISO2956 vs 1312
Sensor Pixel Area35.66µmvs 11.22µm2
Top LCDYes vs No
Autofocus at f/8 aperture11 points vs none

Advantages of the Nikon D750 Over the Olympus E-M1 II

  • Megapixels – 3.9 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Nikon D750 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – Full Frame is bigger than MFT. When shooting above ISO 3,200, you’ll notice a big difference in image quality.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Battery Life – 1230 shots vs 440 shots.

Video: Nikon D750 Hands-on Review