• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Fujifilm X-E3

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Longer video battery life
    80 vs 50 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.5 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 26 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Fujifilm X-E3 advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.93 vs 3.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 19 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1199
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Newer
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Fujifilm X-E3
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $1199
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-E3
Panasonic GX85
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-PL8
  • $1199
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Fujifilm X-E3
Olympus E-PL8
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A6500

Olympus PEN-F
Sony A6500
  • $1199
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Fujifilm X-E3
Sony A6500
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon EOS M100

Olympus PEN-F
Canon EOS M100
  • $1199
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm X-E3
Canon EOS M100
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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