• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-M10 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A6000 advantages over Olympus E-M10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,347 vs 884 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.58x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 19 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality especially from RAW files; Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor; Very good high ISO performance; Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Improved HD video; Lightweight and very portable; Built-in pop-up flash; Minimal EVF lag time.

  • Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-contrast subjects; Mediocre battery life; No external microphone or headphone jack; Mediocre burst speed with continuous AF; No weather sealing; Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction.

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G6

Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G6
  • $587
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Sony A6000
Panasonic G6
  • $537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $587
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Newer
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A6000
Panasonic GX7
  • $537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A5100

Olympus E-M10
Sony A5100
  • $587
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $537
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-PL7
  • $587
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $489
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Sony A6000
Olympus E-PL7
  • $537
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $489
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Samsung NX500

Olympus E-M10
Samsung NX500
  • $587
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $686
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
Sony A6000
Samsung NX500
  • $537
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $686
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
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