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

Megapixels 24.3 20.4
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor None 2.0x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 5184 X 3888
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 - 12,800 200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 50 - 51,200 None
AF Points 51 121 Hybrid
Cross-type AF Points 15 121 phase
Continuous Mode 6.5fps 18fps
LCD 3.2" - Articulating 3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,229,000 dots 1,037,000 dots
Touchscreen No Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x 1.48x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 4096x2160 (24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Memory Card Type SD + SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots Yes Yes
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/32000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 60"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 40 118
RAW Buffer Size 10 102
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/250
Startup Time 0.5s 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 3.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 1230 shots 440 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (BLH-1)
Weight 26.5 oz (750g) 20.2 oz (574g)
Size 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1" 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2014 2016

Nikon D750 vs Olympus E-M1 II Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Headphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Storage Slot vs 2
Smartphone Remote Control Yes 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Touch Screen Yes vs No
Max ISO 25.600 vs 12.800
Number of Focus Points 121 vs 51
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 15.0fps vs 6.5fps
Weight 574 g vs 840 g
Price $1,699 vs $2,000
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2060 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
Pixel Shift High-Resolution Mode Yes (50.0MP) vs No
Focus Bracketing Yes 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 Flash Yes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 1.037k dots
Battery Life 1230 shots vs 350 shots
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 9.1m
Color Depth 24.8 vs 23.7
Dynamic Range 14.5 vs 12.8
Low-Light ISO 2956 vs 1312
Sensor Pixel Area 35.66µmvs 11.22µm2
Top LCD Yes vs No
Autofocus at f/8 aperture 11 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