Nikon D800 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 – Video Shootout

August 6, 2012

Olympus E-M5 and Nikon D800 cameras

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 image quality is great and the whole camera is the best Micro Four Thirds camera on the market. We’ve already seen some test videos which show how great the video quality really is.  However, for some guys it’s not enough. Blunty3000 (youtube user) wanted to compare the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon D800, to see which one has the better video quality. So he took both cameras and mounted them on a monopod right next to the other.

Remember, the Nikon D800 is a full frame DSLR camera and the Olympus E-M5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera. That means that the E-M5 sensor is much smaller than the D800. This by itself should have some kind of effect on the video quality. We expect to see the Nikon D800 wins in this comparison, but will the D800 win?

Some technical stuff. The Olympus E-M5 used the M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8. The Nikon used the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G. Close difference in terms of field of view and both are high quality prime lenses.  The video was recorded at 1080p30, ISO 200 and shutter and aperture set to full manual.  This Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon D800 Shootout yeild some interesting results.

The E-M5 looked sharper then the D800, at least in the start of the video, but after viewing it all, you can see it’s not the case. The D800 seemed to overexpose, which lead to highlight clipping in some areas. Sharpness is great on both cameras.  Depth of field is also much shallower on the D800, but that’s because of the lenses. The D800 yield a big more warm tone, but that’s natural to Nikon cameras, even makes the scene look more pleasing at times. Rolling shutter seems the same on both cameras, didn’t notice any difference.

If you ask me, I like the E-M5 video quality better than the Nikon D800. I can even say that considering the sensor and price size difference, the E-M5 just knocks the D4. I was really impressed with how good the E-M5 image quality is. I think that the E-M5 does extra image processing, including more sharpening that gives it the edge in some scenes. Overall, the E-M5 footage does look better on the E-M5. The D800 suffer less from Chromatic aberration, but that’s because of the Nikkor glass and maybe also because of internal CA correction in the camera (not sure about that).

What’s your opinion – which one is better?

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