• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $406 Average Retail $400 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $784 Average Retail $800 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony A3000 over Olympus E-M10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel

Olympus E-M10 over Sony A3000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    1.30 vs 2.20 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • High-res screen
    1037k vs 230k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.8 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res viewfinder and LCD monitor; Can't review images using viewfinder; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G5

Sony A3000
Panasonic G5
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $445
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G5
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $445
  • 4/3
  • 60p

Compared to Panasonic G6

Sony A3000
Panasonic G6
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G6
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • 60p
  • External Mic

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Sony A3000
Panasonic GX7
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • 60p

Compared to Sony A6000

Sony A3000
Sony A6000
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M10
Sony A6000
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Sony A3000
Olympus E-PL7
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-PL7
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
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